Scottish Economy Grows For 9th Quarter In A Row

From Insider yesterday: ‘The Scottish economy grew between January and March this year despite uncertainty around the UK’s expected departure from the EU, according to official figures. Statistics published on Wednesday show GDP in the country grew at the same rate as that of the UK – 0.5% – over the period. It represents the ninth consecutive quarter of growth for the Scottish economy. Analysis suggests growth in the quarter was driven by the manufacturing and construction sectors, which grew by 2.6% and 2% respectively. Two sub-sectors of manufacturing – food and drink and pharmaceutical – account for more than half of the 0.5% growth during the quarter, with some suggestions the increase in manufacturing is due to stockpiling for Brexit.’