Newly published figures show agriculture, forestry and fishing in Scotland showed modest growth in the first quarter of 2023.

The sector moved from -0.3% in Q4 of last year, to growth of 0.4%, matching Scotland’s GDP growth of 0.4% in real terms during the first quarter of 2023. Over the same period, GDP in the UK as a whole grew by 0.1%.

Construction saw continued growth to 0.7% in Q1, production grew by 0.8% and services grew by 0.2% in real terms.

The largest contribution to change this quarter came from growth in transport, storage and communications services.

Compared to the first quarter of 2022, Scotland’s economy is estimated to have grown by 0.3% over the year in real terms. Over the same period UK GDP grew by 0.2%.