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Our monthly overview of recent trends in the global, UK and Scottish economies.

This month:

  • The outlook is brighter for global economic growth but risks remain
  • Growth estimates for the US (the world’s largest economy) slowed in the first quarter of 2017
  • China (the world’s second biggest economy) is set to see its growth increase marginally from 6.5% in January to 6.6% in April
  • Political uncertainties continue to have an impact on the UK economy
  • The UK economy grew by just 0.2% at the start of the year
  • Manufacturing growth rises
  • Scottish growth is set to be positive in 2017 but below trend
  • Scottish growth is downgraded but expected to be positive in 2017
  • Small business confidence is improving, but still negative

Read more and see the latest figures in April's economic report, including an overview of the performance of our account-managed companies and the implications for Scottish Enterprise.

Economic commentary April 2017 (Word doc, 114kB)

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