The Scotsman

Record fall in private sector business


Private sector activity in Scotland fell at an unparallel­ed level in April, according to a survey.

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) PMI shows inflows of new business declined the most on record, as the Covid-19 pandemic continued to clatter the sector’s economy.

Services once again recorded a quicker decline than manufactur­ing, although both industries saw the most marked reductions in activity on record.

Malcolm Buchanan, chairman of the bank’s Scotland Board, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic continued to cause severe repercussi­ons for the Scottish economy in April, with latest data pointing to an unpreceden­ted reduction in private sector activity.”

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