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Scotland’s freshwater pearls are both rare and expensive. This is because they are a product of the freshwater mussel which only thrives in such clean, fast flowing rivers as the Tay and Spey. However, acquisition of such gems can prove elusive because:

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Aberdeen (aka The Granite City) has experienced the fastest rise in house prices during 2006 when the rise was 27pct to an average GBP172,000 ($327,000). Aberdeen was also the only Scottish entry in top 20 best performing locations in the U.K.

Behind Aberdeen ranked Kilmarnock and Motherwell with 25pct rises. Edinburgh is the most expensive location in Scotland with an average price of £203,000, up 12pct.

Aberdeen’s real estate has benefited form a strong local economy, especially the energy sector.

The average home in Scotland now costs nearly 4 times the average household income.

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Official 2005 statistics reveal that that food and drink is the most important export category with whisky accounting for about 86pct of that sector thus emphasising the importance of the ‘water of life’ to Scotland’s economy.

Out of the total GBP18.6M ($ 36bn) of exports, food and drink accounted for GBP3.6BN with otther sectors contibuting as follows: Chemicals GBP1.8bn; Office Machinery GBP1.7bn; Business services GBP1.6bn; and media equipment GBP1.3bn.

Exports in 2005 were up GBP900M on 2004. The U.S.A. was the most important single country destination accounting for GBP2.1bn ($4.0bn) of the total.

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