Markets & Economy

  • 24 April 2014

    Shares in Primark owner Associated British Foods surged after it unveiled plans to launch the budget fashion chain in the US at the same time as it also published more strong trading figures from Europe.

  • 23 April 2014

    THE value of retail sales in Scotland last month was down 2.5% on March 2013 — a much steeper drop than that recorded for the UK as a whole — industry figures reveal.

  • 23 April 2014

    BANK lending to non-­financial firms fell by another £0.5 billion net of repayments in the three months to February according to official research, which suggests credit conditions were toughest for small and medium-size enterprises.

  • 23 April 2014

    Pharmaceuticals companies were the big winners on London's blue-chip share index as they added billions of pounds in value amid a focus on major deals in the sector.

  • 22 April 2014

    LATE payments remain a big problem for many small firms in spite of the improvement in the economy, research shows.

  • 21 April 2014

    On FEBRUARY 24 this year, Sir Ian Wood published his final report setting out his proposals for maximising the potential of the North Sea (UKCS Maximising Recovery Review:

  • 21 April 2014

    THE UK economy now looks set to expand by over 3% this year, according to the latest projections from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

  • 17 April 2014

    THE number of businesses in "critical distress" in Scotland increased by 6% in the first quarter, according to figures that suggest life remained tough in sectors like leisure in spite of the economic recovery although conditions improved in the construction sector.

  • 17 April 2014

    A SMALLER-than-expected drop in annual profits helped Tesco shares rally despite continued uncertainty over the pace of its turnaround progress.

  • 16 April 2014

    The property expert responsible for some of Scotland's biggest out of town shopping centres has said high streets and town centres outside the major cities are currently uninvestable.