Construction drives Scotland's growth

Published:  21 January, 2011

EDINBURGH: Growth in the construction sector helped drive Scotland's economy, data from the Scottish government has shown. The data shows construction sector grew strongly, with a 6.2% increase between July and September.

The country's gross domestic product rose by 0.5% in the third quarter of 2010, the second consecutive quarter to see an increase. Over the year to September 2010, the Scottish economy struggled out of recession, with growth of 0.1%.

The service sector also expanded by 0.1%, but production fell by 0.3%.

The Scottish government said growth was driven by the construction sector, which "outperformed" the UK rate of 3.9% over the quarter.

Welcoming the GDP increase, finance secretary John Swinney said: "We have seen strong growth in construction for three consecutive quarters, outperforming the UK as a whole - evidence that we were absolutely right to take decisive and comprehensive action through our economic recovery plan, stimulating investment by bringing forward capital projects and delivering an infrastructure programme worth £3.3bn in 2010/11."

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