GDP Quarterly National Accounts: 2021 Quarter 2 (April to June)

This publication includes the updated second estimate of onshore GDP growth in real terms for the second quarter of 2021, along with additional breakdowns of GDP by categories of income and expenditure, and key household sector economic statistics.

Main results

  • In 2021 Quarter 2 (Apr-Jun), Scotland’s onshore GDP is estimated to have grown by 5.6% compared to the previous quarter, revised up from the previous estimate 4.7% growth published on 15 September.

  • In quarterly terms, the level of GDP is now 2.9% below the level in 2019 Quarter 4 (Oct-Dec), prior to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • In Quarter 2 there was growth of 6.1% in the services sector, 4.2% in the production sector, and 3.8% in the construction. The largest contributors to growth were from the subsectors which were most directly impacted by the gradual easing of restrictions which had been in place since the start of the year, and which had seen the greatest falls in output in Quarter 1, such as education, accommodation and food services, and other personal services.

Information about this release

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a number of challenges in collecting and processing the data to calculate GDP. As a result, estimates from 2020 onwards are subject to more uncertainty than usual and may be more prone to revision over time.

In recent months, the Scottish Government has developed faster monthly estimates of real terms GDP growth. The latest experimental statistics release was for August 2021. The monthly GDP estimate for September, which will also include a provisional estimate for Quarter 3, will be published on Wednesday 24 November.

About the GDP Quarterly National Accounts

This publication includes the second estimate of onshore GDP growth for 2021 Quarter 2 (April to June), which uses additional data released since the GDP First Estimate published on 15 September 2021. The results in this release are comparable to the UK Quarterly National Accounts for Quarter 2 published on 30 September 2021.

In addition to the second estimate of onshore growth in real terms, the GDP Quarterly National Accounts also includes:  

  • Total GDP in nominal (cash) terms for the onshore economy and also the wider economy including offshore activities
  • Onshore GDP in nominal terms broken down using all three of the output, expenditure and income approaches
  • Experimental statistics estimates of the expenditure approach to GDP in real terms
  • Household Sector income and expenditure accounts for Scotland, including Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI) and the Household Savings Ratio
  • Public sector revenues.


The publication includes a short summary of key results from the latest statistics. Full results for all components are available in the downloadable tables below

Quarterly National Accounts: 2021 Quarter 2 - Other Summary Tables



Back to top