Businesses show increase in confidence for the coming 6 months after a challenging end to 2019

The Fraser of Allander Business Monitor is one of the first major surveys of Scottish firms post-election. The figures show that the outlook for business activity, investment and employment are at their highest level since 2014. This follows a challenging end to 2019 for all these indicators. Expectations of growth …

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Economic statisticians, irony and Scotland’s latest trade statistics

Economists aren’t known for their sense of humour. Economics statisticians less so. So it was highly ironic – albeit perhaps not very funny – that just two days before the UK’s departure from the EU, analysts in the Scottish Government published their latest annual account of Scottish exports. As expected, …

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The timing of the Scottish budget 2020/21: implications, uncertainties and risks

So now we know: the UK Budget will be presented on 11 March, having been postponed from its original date of 6 November. What are the implications for the Scottish budget? It seems now inevitable that the Scottish budget will have to be published in some form before 11 March. …

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