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%.
Five Hurt In Crash On Edinburgh Bypass
A crash between a bin lorry, bus and two cars has left five people injured.
The four-vehicle accident happened on the Edinburgh bypass between Baberton and Dreghorn on Monday evening.
Police said a woman on board the bus suffered a "serious leg injury'' in the crash.
She is being treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and her injury is not thought to be life-threatening.
Four other people who suffered minor injuries were also taken to hospital and have since been released.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: "A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal in connection with this incident.''
The eastbound lane of the road was closed following the accident at 5pm causing lengthy tailbacks before it was re-opened at 6.45pm.
The second meeting of a Ministerial Working Group to examine building and fire safety regulatory frameworks was held on Wednesday.
Research commissioned by the Trussell Trust showed that half of people using foodbanks said their incomes were "unsteady'' from week to week.
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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