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%.
Nutini Postpones Second Glasgow Gig
Paolo Nutini has postponed his second Scottish show after being diagnosed with severe tonsillitis.
The singer was due to take to the stage at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow last night and tonight but "following medical advice'' had to call off the gigs.
Nutini is due to play in London on Thursday as part of his European tour, with dates in cities including Paris and Milan next month.
Promoters DF Concerts said fans with tickets for the gig should keep them and look out for the rescheduled dates.
A statement on the performer's website read: "We wish to sincerely apologise to all ticket holders for the inconvenience and disappointment this has caused. We thank you for your patience and understanding.''
Fans aired their disappointment online, with many complaining they had paid for travel and hotels, but others wishing the star well.
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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