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Scottish Annual Business Statistics

Scottish Annual Business Statistics 2017

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What do these statistics cover?

Scottish Annual Business Statistics (SABS) provides data mainly on the Production (including Manufacturing), Construction and Service Sectors in Scotland. The Annual Business Survey, from which the statistics are largely derived, covers approximately two thirds of the economy. The main sectors not covered are the financial sector & parts of agriculture and the public sector. These statistics are therefore best suited to the analysis of individual industries rather than the economy as a whole.

The Tables include information on businesses' employment, turnover, purchases, approximate gross value added and labour costs. Data are classified according to industry group, geographical area and ownership. All figures are at current prices unless otherwise stated.

What year do tables relate to?

Please note that Tables mainly contain 2008-2017 data published on a SIC 2007 basis only and were released on 12th June 2019.

When will the figures be updated?

New 2018 and revised 2017 figures are scheduled for release in June 2020. 

​Key facts
  • Between 2016 and 2017, approximate Gross Value Added (aGVA) increased for three of the four main sectors of the non-financial business economy – Services (+7.0%), Primary Industries (+32.0%) and Construction (+7.6%).  Manufacturing was the only main sector that experienced a decrease in aGVA year-on-year (-2.1%). 
  • In 2017, the largest contribution to aGVA within the Services sector came from Retail Trade (11.0%), followed by Wholesale Trade (8.1%), then Architectural and Engineering Activities (8.0%).
  • In 2017, the largest contribution to aGVA within the Manufacturing sector came from Manufacture of Beverages (17.6%), followed by Manufacture of Food Products (12.8%), then Manufacture of Fabricated Metal Products (9.4%).
  • Out of the six key Growth Sectors, five experienced an increase in aGVA between 2016 and 2017:  Energy (+29.6%), Creative Industries (+11.1%), Food & Drink includes Agriculture (+6.3%), Sustainable Tourism (+6.0%) and Business Services (+4.7%).  Life Sciences was the only growth sector that experienced a decrease in aGVA between 2016 and 2017 (-6.1%).

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