The volume of Scottish manufactured exports grew by 2.8% during the second quarter of 2014, according to new statistics, lifted by strong performances from the chemicals and engineering sectors. However, there was a slight quarterly fall in export figures for the food and drink sector.
On an annual basis, the overall volume of exports from Scotland increased by 0.5%. The Scottish Index of Manufactured Exports showed exports of refined petroleum, chemical and pharmaceutical products grew by 4.4% compared with the previous quarter, while overseas sales by engineering and allied industries rose by 4.7%.
Overseas sales for the food and drink sector shrank by 0.2%, largely due to a fall of 0.3% in drink exports.