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Scottish Economy Grows 4.7% In The Second Quarter Of 2021

15th September 2021

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The Chief Statistician has released statistics showing that the economy grew by 4.7% during April to June 2021.

Change in gross domestic product (GDP) is the main indicator of economic growth. Over the year, compared to the second quarter of 2020, the economy has grown by 21.7%.

During the second quarter output in the Construction sector grew by 3.3%, output in Production grew by 3.5%, and output in the Services sector contracted by 5.2%.

The second estimate of GDP for the second quarter of 2021 will be available in Quarterly National Accounts Scotland, published on 3 November 2021. The first estimate of GDP for the third quarter of 2021 will be published on 15 December 2021.

The full statistical publication and data are available at:

All results are seasonally adjusted and presented in real terms (adjusted to remove inflation). GDP growth in this publication relates to Scotland's onshore economy, which means it does not include the output of offshore oil and gas extraction.

Headline Results
this is the first estimate of Scotland's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2021 Quarter 2 (April to June).

Scotland's GDP grew by 4.7% in real terms during the second quarter of 2021. Over the same period, GDP in the UK as a whole grew by 4.8%.

compared to the same quarter last year, Scotland's GDP grew by 21.7%. Over the same period, the UK as a whole grew by 22.2%.
the largest contributor to growth this quarter was Distribution, Hotels & Catering.

Further information on GDP statistics is available at