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Gross Domestic Product

Latest Publication

The latest GDP publication, for 2018 Quarter 1, is available here

An information paper on Earlier Publications and Updated Revisions Policy for GDP is available here

What is GDP?

Gross domestic product (GDP) is a measure of economic activity which captures the value of goods and services produced during a given period. Change in GDP is used as the main indicator of economic growth in Scotland. When people describe the growth or contraction of the economy, it is the change in GDP to which they refer.

Growth in Scotland's Gross Domestic Product is measured using the output approach. This is estimated by measuring the output of each industry in Scotland and combining them together to form an estimate for the whole economy.

We are interested in users' views on a new format for publishing GDP statistics. Please see below for more information and how to contact us.

What are you looking for?
Where is it?
The most recent headline figures
       Summary of Key Findings Visual Summary (pdf)
       Detailed Results and Commentary

Statistical Bulletin (pdf)

in Visual Summary style (pdf)

       Table of Headline Results Table 1 (Excel)
Data from the most recent publication
       Machine readable data Open data platform
       Results for Broad Industries and UK Comparisons Tables 2a and 2b (Excel)
       Detailed Services Industries (Quarterly, 1998-present) Table 3 (Excel)
       Detailed Production Industries (Quarterly, 1998-present) Table 4 (Excel)
       Historic GDP Estimates (Annual, 1963-present) Table 5 (Excel)
Background information
       How the figures are calculated Methodology Guide
       What data sources are used Sources catalogue
       Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions
Other sources of GDP data
       Cash value of GDP Quarterly National Accounts Scotland
       The relative size of industries in the economy Supply and Use Tables

Earlier Publications and Updated Revisions Policy - June 2018

The Scottish Government is introducing a new publishing model for Quarterly GDP to provide a timelier measure of Scotland’s economic performance.

Starting in September, Scotland’s GDP growth will change from being updated once each quarter to a cycle of two updates, similar to the new publishing model being introduced by ONS for UK GDP statistics.

  • There will be an earlier ‘first estimate’ of GDP released approximately 80 days after the end of each quarter, instead of the 95-110 days currently.

  • This will be followed by an updated ‘second estimate’ of GDP in Quarterly National Accounts Scotland (QNAS) at approximately 120-130 days after the end of the quarter.

  • These publications will be 5 ½ weeks after the corresponding UK new First Estimate of GDP, and 4 ½ to 5 ½ weeks after the UK Quarterly National Accounts respectively.

Further information is available in the paper published on 27 June 2018 here

We welcome your views on these changes. Please contact us at economic.statistics@gov.scot with any comments or questions.