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About Supply, Use and Input-Output Tables

Published: 24 Jul 2019
Chief Economist Directorate
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Information on the Supply, Use and analytical Input-Output Tables produced by the Scottish Government.

About Supply, Use and Input-Output Tables
> Supply Table

Supply Table

The primary purpose of the Supply Table is to show the products produced by each industry in Scotland along with the supply of products including imports. The distinction between industries and products is important; individual firms and organisations are classified according to the products they make. If they produce more than one product, they are classified according to whichever product accounts for the largest component part of their output in value terms. Each industry produces what is termed to be its principal product (shown in the diagonal elements in the table) and many industries also produce a range of other products referred to as secondary production (shown in the off-diagonal cells) or by-products.

The table below shows the main elements of the Supply Table for Scotland for 2016 (the off-diagonal elements are suppressed to prevent disclosure). The supply of products is presented in the rows while the columns show the industries responsible for the output of these products. This table is an aggregate version of the full Supply Table, which shows the output of each of the 98 IO industry groups by each of the 98 IO product groups. The full Supply Table is no longer published due to the disclosive nature of the data. However, some information about the levels of supply and market share of each of the 98 industries is available, in summary form, in the Supply Table (available in the latest tables).

The Supply Table also demonstrates the transition from total domestic supply of products at basic prices to total supply at purchasers' prices through the addition of distributors' trading margins and taxes less subsidies on products. The transition from domestic output to total supply is made by the addition of imports and their related taxes and margins.

Aggregate Supply Table 2016 (Output at Basic prices and Supply at Purchasers' Prices), £millions

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 of an estimated £12,714 million of its own principal product, £1,865 million of agriculture, forestry and fishing products, £1,677 million of professional and support activities products, and £1,466 million of transport, storage and communication products.

Destination of products

The total use of manufactured products is given in the above table as £104,223 million. Row 3 of this table presents the consumption of manufacturing products by both the intermediate and final use parts of the economy. This row shows that, in addition to the £12,714 million purchased by the manufacturing industry, government, health and education (£5,052m), construction (£3,704m) and distribution, hotels and catering (£3,617m) were the most significant intermediate destination for these products. Around 29% of manufactured products are exported.


Please contact the Input-Output team directly if you have any questions about the tables or require any help in using them.

Stevan Croasdale
+44(0)131 244 3330

Gary Campbell
+44(0)131 244 3767

Nicole De Jong
+44(0)131 528 5690

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