Scots July GDP up 6.8% – still 10.7% below February

Scotland’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 6.8% in July, according to statistics announced on Wednesday by the Chief Statistician.

The July increase follows revised estimates of 6.7% growth in June and 3.1% May, and falls of 20.1% in April and 4.9% in March.

Although GDP has increased for the last three months, it remains 10.7% below February, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Output in the services sector is estimated to have increased in July by 5.5% compared to June, output in the production sector increased by 8.6%, and construction sector output is estimated to have increased by 23.4%.