Scotland’s economy grew by 16% in the third quarter of this year after coronavirus lockdown measures were eased.
Data for the period July to September puts GDP growth in Scotland marginally above the 15.5% rise seen in the UK as a whole over the same period.
But since then, tougher restrictions have been imposed across much of Scotland, with 11 council areas under the strictest Level 4 measures for a period.
Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP has also warned Brexit will have an impact on the economy, with the transition period as the UK leaves the European Union due to end on December 31.
Hyslop said the coronavirus pandemic has meant “businesses across Scotland have faced considerable challenges this year”, but ministers have “worked hard to provide critical support at every stage”.
She said: “On top of £2.3bn support announced at the start of the pandemic, we have provided almost