Economy Statistics

This section gives information on statistics relating to the Economy. If you have trouble finding the information you require, try the Search Statistics page or contact us directly for more information.

Key Economy Statistics


Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Exports Structure Of The Economy
Public Sector Finances Household Expenditure Business & Enterprise




International Exports: The total value of international exports from Scotland in 2012 (excluding oil and gas) is estimated at £26.0 billion, of which £15.4 billion was from the manufacturing sector and £8.7 billion from the services sector

Industry Results: The top 5 exporting industries in 2011 were food & beverages (£4.7 billion); manufacture of coke, refined petroleum and chemical products (£4.1 billion); legal, accountancy, management, architecture, engineering, technical testing and analysis activities (£1.7 billion); wholesale retail trade, repair of motor vehicles & motorcycles (£1.7 billion); financial and insurance activities (£1.4 billion).

Export Destinations: The top five export destinations in 2012 were the USA, Netherlands, France, Germany, and Norway.

Rest of UK Exports: The total value of exports from Scotland to the rest of UK in 2012 (excluding oil and gas) is estimated at £47.6 billion, of which £25.3 billion was from the services sector and £12.7 billion from the manufacturing sector.

Latest Global Connections Survey

Next update: January 2015

Latest Index of Manufactured Exports: Total export sales from the manufacturing sector in Scotland grew by 2.8 per cent in real terms during the second quarter of 2014. On a rolling-annual basis (4Q-on-4Q), the volume of manufactured exports increased by 0.5 per cent.

Latest Index of Manufactured Exports

next update: 28 January 2015









Latest Publications

Quarterly Statistics

Quarterly National Accounts Scotland for Quarter 2 2014  (12 November 2014)

Retail Sales Index for Scotland (RSIS) for Quarter 3, 2014 (5 November 2014)

Index of Manufactured Exports (IME) for Quarter 2, 2014 (22 October 2014)

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for Quarter 2, 2014 (15 October 2014)

Annual Statistics

Input-Output (I-O) Tables 1998-2011 (16 July 2014)

Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) 2012-13 (12 March 2014)

Global Connections Survey (GCS) 2012 (29 January 2014)


The economy statistics Publications archive contains links to our previous publications.

The Statistical News Releases page provides information on the latest Scottish Government statistics, including those relating to the Economy topic.

Economy statistics in more detail

More detailed information on methodology, sources and outputs are available for the following economy themes: 

Recent statistical publications on the Economy, including background information, and other selected sources.

Scotland Performs
Economy statistics are used to inform the following Scottish Government purpose targets and national indicators:


Consultation - ScotStat
Consultation and planning arrangements for Economy statistical collections.

Related Areas and Links
Associated areas on the Scottish Government website, and other key links for further information.

Atkinson Review
This page provides details of how the Atkinson Review is being implemented in Scotland

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