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%.
More Trams To Run During Edinburgh Rush-Hour
Edinburgh trams will now run up to every five minutes during rush-hour periods to help meet rising demand.
Services will run from every five minutes between 7.30am-9.30am and 4.30pm-6.30pm, rather than every eight to ten minutes.
The six extra return journeys provide 1,500 extra seats.
The time change started on Tuesday after a two-week trial found the increased services had no impact on traffic flows.
Edinburgh Trams general manager Lea Harrison said: "The trams have proved very popular since they were introduced, with passenger numbers increasing all the time.
"Although this is a modest increase in our capacity on the line, it is still an important step in increasing the frequency of the service and providing more capacity during peak times so we can help even more people travel along the route.''
The trams carried 5.38 million passengers last year, up 9.3% on the first year of operation in 2014.
They started running in May 2014 after six years of disruption and a long-running dispute between Edinburgh City Council and contractors.
The eventual cost of £776 million was more than double the sum earmarked for the project and the scheme is now subject to a inquiry into why it went over budget and timescale.
The inquiry itself has cost more than £3.7 million so far.
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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