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GDP figures 'good news for Scotland'

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Scottish Secretary comments on latest economic growth figures.

Today’s GDP figures are good news for Scotland, according to Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael.

Commenting on the statistics, Mr Carmichael said:

The fact the GDP figures show the strongest rate of annual economic growth since 2007 is good news for Scotland.

The economy has grown by 0.7% for the quarter and by 1.9% over 2013. This comes on the back of a sustained period of good news for the Scottish and UK economy.

Our plan for the economy is working and there is still a great deal of work to do.

Scotland continues to do well as part of the UK, with Scottish figures showing the economy here grew by 0.7% and is up 2.1% compared to a year ago, with key industry sectors showing positive growth. Scotland’s economic performance is comparable to that of the UK as a whole.

The UK GDP figures come in the wider positive context which show the inflation rate dropping to 2% from a peak of 5.2% in September 2011, a recovering labour market and both the World Bank and the IMF indicating they expect higher global economic growth in 2014.