Markets & Economy

  • 31 August 2014

    A massive jump in productivity in the gambling industry in Scotland over a 14-year period can be directly linked to the growing popularity of big money fixed-odds betting terminals, according to a leading economist.

  • 31 August 2014

    The Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) has thrown its weight behind new plans to allow local councils to vary business rates in designated areas.

  • 31 August 2014

    Our share tips continued their late summer rally last week with most recommendations gaining on hopes that our European partners are preparing to give a hand to exporters through measures to boost their flagging economies.

  • 28 August 2014

    CONFIDENCE among businesses in Scotland about prospects for the next 12 months has fallen below the UK average and is at its lowest since the first quarter of 2013, a survey has shown.

  • 28 August 2014

    GROWING employer confidence in the construction sector has sparked a 20 per cent increase in demand for both permanent and temporary recruits in the first half of 2014 compared with last year, according to talent specialist Hudson.

  • 28 August 2014

    BRITISH Chambers of Commerce has raised its forecasts of UK growth for 2014 and 2015, but warned of the dangers of over-reliance on consumer spending.

  • 28 August 2014

    SUPERMARket chains Sainsbury's and Tesco saw investors head for the checkouts as figures showed the latest evidence of how they are being squeezed at the hands of discount rivals.

  • 27 August 2014

    LENDING by major UK banks to non-financial businesses tumbled by nearly a further £1 billion in July, on a net basis which takes into account repayments, industry figures have shown.

  • 27 August 2014

    Blue-chip stocks were on the front foot after the long weekend as traders caught up with advances on Wall Street spurred by optimism over the US economy.