Scots ex­ports up by one-fifth

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THE value of goods ex­ported by Scot­land has risen by more than one-fifth, driven by growth in oil and gas ex­ports, new fig­ures show.

HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms sta­tis­tics re­veal that in the year to the end of June, Scot­land ex­ported around £27.1 bil­lion in goods, a 21 per cent in­crease. It was the high­est of all the UK na­tions and above the UK av­er­age of a 15 per cent rise.

Scot­tish Econ­omy Sec­re­tary Keith Brown said the fig­ures were “ev­i­dence that con­fi­dence is re­turn­ing” to the oil and gas in­dus­try.

But he urged the UK Govern­ment to com­mit to stay­ing in the EU sin­gle mar­ket and cus­toms union.

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