Exports hit £27.9 billion

Scottish Development International welcomes findings from the latest Global Connections Survey which reveal that Scottish exports have increased by 7.2% to reach a record £27.9 billion.

Anne MacColl, chief executive of Scottish Development International commented: “This year’s Global Connections Survey confirms that appetite for Scottish products and services is at an all time high.

“Despite mixed rates of economic growth and recovery in global markets we continue to grow our exports in both mature and emerging economies with more and more Scottish businesses waking up to the international opportunity.

" I am particularly pleased to see the pattern of steady export growth since the launch of Scotland's International trade and investment strategy in 2010. Over these past three years exports have grown by a fifth, and that is significant.

“We’re on track to meet targets to grow Scottish exports by 50% by 2017 and continue to work closely with our teams and partners, our overseas experts and Scottish businesses to drive forward Scotland’s international success.”

Notes to editors

1.The full statistical publication can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Economy/Exports/GCSIntroduction

2.These published estimates relate to both international and rest of UK exports.

3.Estimates from the Global Connections Survey are provided in current prices and have not been adjusted to account for inflation. A different publication The quarterly Index of Manufactured Exports provides a time series of the real term growth of export sales in the manufacturing industry. Further information is available at the website above.

4.National statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of national statistics in Scotland can be accessed at:

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