Markets & Economy

  • 19 December 2014

    A pre-Christmas rally today helped blue-chip shares complete their best week in three years as sentiment was buoyed by indications that the US Federal Reserve is in no hurry to raise interest rates.

  • 19 December 2014

    UK retail sales volumes last month showed their biggest year-on-year rise since May 2004, boosted by the Black Friday shopping frenzy adopted from the US, official figures have shown.

  • 19 December 2014

    DEALS and securing both high-quality staff and new business are currently key issues for recruitment companies looking to post-recession growth.

  • 18 December 2014

    The Treasury has recovered a further £1.36 billion from Iceland after its Landsbanki bank collapsed at the height of the financial crisis, forcing a taxpayer bailout for 230,000 savers in the UK.

  • 18 December 2014

    Markets surged today as investors took comfort in comments from the US Federal Reserve that policy makers in the world's biggest economy will be patient in their approach to raising interest rates.

  • 18 December 2014

    EXPECTATIONS that UK base rates will remain at a record low for a while longer have been reinforced by minutes of the Monetary Policy Committee's latest meeting, at which downward pressure on inflation from tumbling oil prices was discussed at length.

  • 17 December 2014

    The FTSE 100 Index held on to strong gains in the previous session as a bullish start for Wall Street and an oil price bounce helped blue-chip shares recover from earlier turbulence.

  • 17 December 2014

    SCOTTISH Chambers of Commerce has declared it is "absolutely crucial" for business and the economy that UK base rates remain at their 0.5 per cent record low for now, flagging a danger of deflation.

  • 17 December 2014

    THE value of retail sales in Scotland in November was lower than in the same month of 2013, in stark contrast to a year-on-year rise in the UK as a whole, a survey has revealed.

  • 16 December 2014

    The FTSE 100 Index finished a volatile session with a rise of 2.5% as investors battled to digest big moves in oil prices and turmoil in Russia.

  • 15 December 2014

    London's FTSE 100 Index added another 118 points to its slide from last week after investors were again rattled by the falling price of oil.

  • 15 December 2014

    Manufacturing orders have grown at their fastest pace for four months, despite the impact of a stagnant eurozone on export demand.

  • 15 December 2014

    CONFIDENCE levels among small businesses in Scotland have fallen for a second consecutive quarter, and remain adrift of the UK average, a survey has revealed.