THE Scottish labour market has remained strong but the pace of staff appointments has eased despite record demand for IT and computing workers, according to research published today.
THE Confederation of British Industry has called for a major review of public sector procurement as part of action to revitalise the supply chain and create 500,000 jobs.
THE prospects for a sustainable recovery in the UK will be dented by next year's General Election and rising geopolitical risks, according to one of the most respected economic forecasts.
Attempts by Debenhams to drive better returns from its stores will be in the spotlight when the chain reports lower annual profits on Thursday.
Two of Scotland's leading business organisations have hit out at Scottish Government plans that could see the owners of empty retail and commercial property faced with millions of pounds in extra charges.
THE FTSE 100 Index staged its biggest one-day rise in 15 months as global markets bounced back at the end of a volatile week which saw fears over the world economy weigh heavily on shares.
SMALL and medium construction businesses in Scotland suffered in the run-up to the independence referendum vote, research from the Federation of Master Builders has shown.
THE Scottish economy has continued to grow with gross domestic product (GDP) rising 0.9 per cent in the second quarter of the year.
A WALL STREET bounce helped London's leading shares index recover from a poor start to post a second session in a row of modest gains.
CENTRICA, which owns Scottish Gas, has said the development of the giant Cygnus gas field off eastern England will generate £323 million for the Scottish economy and secure 1,450 jobs in the country.
INFLATION has fallen to a five-year low of 1.2 per cent, making it less likely the Bank of England will raise interest rates soon.
THE chief executive of Barratt Developments has said the Scottish Government needs to put more money into the Help to Buy scheme or risk dampening the housing market.
A dismal four-day losing streak for the FTSE 100 Index was brought to an end as the top-flight was bolstered by a rise in mining stocks.
Shoppers who put off buying coats and boots because of last month's warm weather have helped to push retail sales to their weakest level for almost six years.
THE growth rate in Scotland's private-sector economy slowed to an 18-month low in September when manufacturing output slumped but firms continued to take on staff, a survey has found.