Markets & Economy

  • 23 October 2014

    FURTHER signs of strain in the Scottish retail sector have emerged in a key survey of third-quarter economic activity.

  • 23 October 2014

    THE number of corporate insolvencies in Scotland has fallen by 22 per cent in the latest quarter amid the improvement in the economy, official figures have shown.

  • 23 October 2014

    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.

  • 22 October 2014

    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.

  • 22 October 2014

    SHARES enjoyed a much-needed rally on reports of plans for wider stimulus measures in the eurozone and well-received economic data from China.

  • 22 October 2014

    SCOTLAND'S levels of business distress improved in the three months to September compared with the second quarter, beating the UK average.

  • 21 October 2014

    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.

  • 21 October 2014

    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.

  • 20 October 2014

    THE Scottish labour market has remained strong but the pace of staff appointments has eased despite record demand for IT and computing workers, according to research published today.

  • 20 October 2014

    THE Confederation of British Industry has called for a major review of public sector procurement as part of action to revitalise the supply chain and create 500,000 jobs.