HOPES that the UK economy might at last be establishing a slightly firmer footing have been dealt a significant blow by official figures showing household spending grew just 0.1% in the first quarter, while exports and investment fell sharply.
FOR an area that has had human settlement for more than 8000 years, it could be argued many residents in Aberdeen have never had it so good.
The EU has withdrawn proposals which could have increased UK pension scheme deficits by 50%.
COMPANIES engaged in the North Sea well services sector have generated the highest level of gross revenue since 1996, with recruitment of technicians and graduate engineers also on the up.
UK retail sales volumes tumbled by 1.3% month-on-month in April, according to official figures which wrongfooted the City and underlined the continuing weakness of the economy.
THE hotel sector in Scotland achieved a solid year-on-year rise in revenue in March, which contrasted with declines in the English market excluding London and in Wales, a survey has revealed.
ANNUAL UK consumer prices index inflation tumbled from 2.8% in March to 2.4% in April – a steeper drop than had been forecast – official figures have revealed.
The London market continued to defy gravity yesterday as the FTSE 100 Index closed at its fourth-highest ever level.
Scotland will be the first part of the UK to have a dedicated fund to help with the development of the wave energy sector, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said.
Britain's major cement firms were today facing "hard-hitting" action after a regulator accused them of failing to compete on pricing.
The FTSE-100 index surged to its highest close for more than 12 years as free-spending central banks continue to send investors flocking to shares.
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MARKS & Spencer is expected to unveil a slide in annual profits tomorrow, a week after its new fashion team showed off the ranges bosses hope will help buck the decline.
THE number of people finding permanent jobs in Scotland rose at the fastest pace in a year during April, according to a well-watched economic survey.
We loosened our purse strings again on Wednesday morning when we made a notional purchase of £1000 worth of shares in Marks & Spencer for our 2012 portfolio.
Buoyant banks helped the FTSE-100 index return to winning ways as shares in state-backed Lloyds Banking Group passed a key threshold.