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April 14, 2011    

Scotland’s economy stalls in Q1

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by Kay Murchie

According to a survey by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, the Scottish economy stalled in the first quarter of the year.

The survey found that rising costs of raw materials, energy and transportation threaten the “fragile economic recovery” in the short-term.

The report, researched in conjunction with the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute, said: “There is much evidence in the results to suggest the Scottish economy, to all intents stalled in the first quarter, with a combination of weak demand, low consumer confidence and rising costs and price pressures.”

The survey, which questioned approximately 200 firms in five sectors, also established that expectations for the second quarter remained weak.

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