Outlook and appraisal [June 1997]

Ashcroft, Brian (1997) Outlook and appraisal [June 1997]. Quarterly Economic Commentary, 22 (3). i-vii. ISSN 0306-7866

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The most recent quarterly Scottish output data highlight the current strength of production here relative to the UK. In 1996 the production industries in the aggregate consistently outperformed the UK. While the strong performance of manufacturing still largely reflects the success of the electronics sector, there is now evidence of a relative improvement in the performance of non-electronics manufacturing. At this stage it is too early to say whether this improvement reflects systematic factors or is simply the outcome of a series of random or transitory events.