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The Use Table

An aggregated combined use matrix at purchasers' prices is presented below. As in the previous table, industries are shown in the columns and products in the rows. Where the Supply Table presented the supply of goods and services for Scottish consumption, the Use Table shows the demand for the goods and services by industries and final demand across the product rows.

Aggregate Combined Use Table 2014 (Purchasers' Prices), £millions

Aggregate Combined Use Table 2014 (Purchasers' Prices)

A copy of this table can be found in the downloads section.

The Use Table can be split into 3 main sections.

  • The intermediate demand (section 1), which shows the inputs of products, both domestic and imported, used by Scottish industries in the production of their output.
  • The final demand (section 2), which shows the purchases of each product by each category of final demand (e.g. consumers, government, export)
  • The primary inputs (section 3), these inputs do not flow through the other industries, they are employees' salaries, taxes less subsidies on production and gross operating surplus, which together constitute Gross Value Added.

The Combined Use matrix is repeated at full 98-industry detail in the downloads section of this website.

Interpretation of the Use Table

Inputs to the production process

Column 3 of the above table shows the purchases made by the Scottish Manufacturing industry in order to produce its own output. We can see that the main purchases made by this industry comprised: an estimated £13,115 million of its own principal product, £1,808 million of agriculture, forestry and fishing products, £1,571 million of professional and support activities products, and £1,235 million of transport, storage and communication products.

Destination of products

The total demand for manufactured products is given in the above table as £103,545 million. Row 3 of this table presents the consumption of manufacturing products by both the intermediate and final demand parts of the economy. This row shows that, in addition to the £13,115 million purchased by the manufacturing industry, government, health and education (£4,692m), distribution, hotels and catering (£3,049m), and construction (£3,466m) were the most significant intermediate destination for these products. Around 28% of manufactured products are exported to the rest of the UK (£14,841m) and to the rest of the world (£14,057m).