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23/10/13 09:43

Manufactured exports on the rise

Statistics released.

The Scottish Index of Manufactured Exports, which is published today, shows that export volumes rose by 3.5 per cent in real terms during the second quarter of 2013 from April to June, the second consecutive quarter of positive growth.

Commenting on the figures Finance Secretary John Swinney said:

“Scotland’s manufactured exports are continuing to thrive on the international stage, showing the sustained demand for Scottish manufactured products across the world.

“The challenging global economic conditions continue to make it a trying time for export industries, which is why the Scottish Government is working with Scottish Developmental International, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, to help companies expand and reach out to new markets.

“Last week’s GDP figures show that Scotland’s economy grew 0.6 per cent from April to June 2013, the same as in the UK over the same period. Compared with the same quarter in 2012, the Scottish economy grew by 1.8 per cent over the year, outperforming the UK where the economy grew by 1.3 per cent.

“By continuing to invest in and increase exports we can help build sustainable economic growth for Scotland and highlight the country’s position as a place of international trade and investment.”

Notes to editors

To view the latest statistics from the Scottish Index of Manufactured Exports visit: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/topics/statistics/browse/economy/IME2013Q2