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Monthly GDP Estimates for February

Published: 21 Apr 2021 09:30
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Economy

An Experimental Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Scotland’s onshore GDP grew by 0.9% in February, according to statistics announced today by the Chief Statistician. Output remains 7.4% below the pre-pandemic level in February 2020, and has fallen by 3.3% during the recent restrictions since October 2020.

In February there was growth in each of the production, construction and services sectors, but output remained relatively subdued while restrictions continued for many consumer services such as retail and hospitality. Overall, output in the services sector grew by 1.0%, with the largest contribution to the increase coming from the education subsector due to the return to school for primary year groups 1 to 3 on 22 February. 

Output in the production sector increased by 0.9% in February, including 0.2% growth in the manufacturing subsector. Output in the construction sector is estimated to have increased by 1.6% in February.

Background

The Monthly GDP Estimate for February 2021 is available at:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/monthly-gdp-february-2021

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measures the output of the economy in Scotland. These monthly estimates have been developed to help track the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are designated as experimental official statistics. This means that they are still in development but have been released to enable their use at an early stage. All results are provisional and subject to relatively high levels of uncertainty.

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.

Further information on GDP statistics is available at http://www.gov.scot/gdp

These estimates are compiled in line with the Code of Practice for Statistics – more information on the standards of official statistics can be accessed at: https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/code-of-practice/