EMERGING expectations that the first rise in UK base rates could be further away than had been thought, amid signs that economic growth is weakening, have been reinforced by minutes of the latest meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee.
THE value of Scottish retail sales fell in September at the sharpest year-on-year pace since records began in 1999, excluding distortions related to the timing of Easter, an industry survey has revealed.
The number of public-sector contract awards being won by home companies through the Public Contracts Scotland online portal has increased from 6,000 to more than 12,000 in two years, the Scottish government has said.
OUTSTANDING lending to businesses by UK banks and building societies has broadly stagnated in the past six months, with the smallest firms often struggling to obtain credit, the Bank of England has observed.
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.