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First estimate of GDP: 2020 Q3

Published: 16 Dec 2020
Directorate:
Chief Economist Directorate
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Economy

Gross domestic product (GDP) for Scotland (first estimate) for 2020 quarter three.

Published:
16 Dec 2020
First estimate of GDP: 2020 Q3

This is the first estimate of Scotland’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2020 Quarter 3 (July to September).

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a number of challenges in collecting the data to calculate GDP (as summarised by the ONS). As a result, GDP estimates for this quarter are subject to more uncertainty than usual and may be more prone to revision over time.

Headline Results

  • This is the first estimate of Scotland’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2020 Quarter 3 (July to September).
  • Scotland’s GDP grew by 16.0% in real terms during the third quarter of 2020, as lockdown measures were eased. Over the same period, GDP in the UK as a whole grew by 15.5%.
  • Compared to the same quarter last year, Scotland’s GDP fell by -9.5%. Over the same period, the UK as a whole fell by -9.6%.
  • The largest single contribution to change this quarter came from growth in Distribution, Hotels & Catering (within Services), but there was growth across all industries.

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