There was a "welcome pick-up" in the Scottish economy last month with growth in both the manufacturing and services sectors, according to a new report.
Output in the Scottish private sector expanded at a faster rate in June than the previous month, according to the latest Bank of Scotland Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI).
Goods production and services activity increased over the month, the latter at a sharper rate.
Employment levels across Scotland also rose in June, marking the seventh increase in the past eight months.
Jobs were created across manufacturing and services, with the former recording a slightly steeper increase in payroll numbers.
New business levels also increased in June but growth remained only marginal, the report said.
There was a marginal increase in new business received by firms in Scotland's private sector economy in June.
The report said that a marginal decrease in new work placed with manufacturers was more than offset by growth in the service sector.
Donald MacRae, chief economist at the bank, said: "The June PMI showed a welcome pick-up in the Scottish economy with both manufacturing and services recording growth.
"Employment rose across all sectors while cost pressures continued to ease.
"However, the marginal rise in new orders overall and the fall in new export orders illustrate the challenge of maintaining growth in the face of a widespread slowdown in the UK and the Eurozone economies."
Finance Secretary John Swinney said: "Despite the ongoing challenges, there are positive indications that the recovery continues in Scotland. This latest PMI survey indicates that private-sector growth remains positive for the 18th consecutive month and that new business continues to grow.
"Scotland outperformed the UK as a whole in terms of output growth, new orders and employment generation.
"The latest labour market statistics showed improvements, with unemployment falling and employment rising between February and April 2012. June's Bank of Scotland labour market barometer showed the 19th consecutive month of improvement, with Scotland once again outperforming the UK.
"Scotland is outperforming the UK in terms of overall employment, and for the second year running the independent Ernst and Young Attractiveness survey showed Scotland has the best record of inward investment in terms of job creation anywhere in the UK.
"However, this is no time for complacency. The figures show that after rising at the fastest rate in nine months in May, new export orders decreased in June. This reflects the ongoing economic uncertainty in the eurozone and a less competitive exchange rate. It is also further evidence that the UK Government's austerity approach is failing and yet again I am urging Westminster to invest now to promote economic growth."