The most recent figures for GDP in Scotland showed a fall of 0.2% over the period of October to December at the same time as the UK economy grew by 0.7%.
Calls For Edinburgh Tram Network Extension
Groups representing business and transport have urged councillors to back plans to extend Edinburgh's tram network.
The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) and Transform Scotland want the tram route to be extended to Leith and Newhaven, acting as a springboard for a wider light rail network for the city.
The organisations have issued a joint briefing on the project to Edinburgh City councillors ahead of a vote on the recommendation to extend the tram network on Thursday.
It is estimated the three-mile extension would cost £144.7 million to build.
The trams began running 18 months ago but they currently terminate in York Place in the city centre.
Gareth Williams, director of policy at SCDI, said: "As national organisations, Transform Scotland and SCDI recognise that what happens in Edinburgh is key to Scotland's success as a low carbon, knowledge economy.
"The city has the strongest economy of any city in the UK outside London and with population growth forecasts the joint fastest in Scotland, it is important that city continues to invest in its transport infrastructure.''
Paul Tetlaw, spokesman for Transform Scotland, said: "Now is the time to take the next step towards a comprehensive network by extending the line to Newhaven and so joining up development in Leith and Newhaven with the developments at the St James Quarter, Edinburgh Park and Edinburgh Airport.
"This will send positive signals that Edinburgh is following the worldwide trend of developing sustainable transport infrastructure and intends to keep pace with its competitor cities across the continent.''
The second meeting of a Ministerial Working Group to examine building and fire safety regulatory frameworks was held on Wednesday.
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Frank's Law aims to end the situation where people under 65 who have conditions such as dementia, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and cancer have to pay for the care they need.
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