Scotland's deficit fell to £13.3 billion for 2016/17 amid an increase in oil and gas revenues, according to new figures.
The Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) statistics show a deficit of £13.3 billion when a geographic share of North Sea revenues is allocated to Scotland.
That amounts to 8.3 per cent of Scottish GDP, compared with the overall UK deficit of £46.2 billion - 2.4m per cent of UK GDP.
North Sea revenue rose from £56 million in 2015/16 to £208 million, reflecting an increase in total UK oil and gas revenues.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish economy 'remained strong'.
But Scottish Secretary David Mundell said the figures were 'a cause for concern'.
Read Peter MacMahon's Blog on this story: Scotland's £13 billion deficit: facts, chiels, and GERS