Markets & Economy

  • 21 August 2014

    A LEADING Scottish economist has expressed surprise and ­disappointment over the decision of two members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to push for a rise in benchmark interest rates this month.

  • 21 August 2014

    DEMAND for office space has continued to recover in Scotland in the first half of the year, but the uncertainty brought by the independence referendum has led to a "prolonged pause" in activity during the summer.

  • 21 August 2014

    SHARES in construction firm Balfour Beatty fell sharply as rival Carillion admitted defeat in its pursuit of a £3 billion merger, after Balfour rejected a last-ditch offer to keep the deal alive.

  • 19 August 2014

    SOME of Scotland's biggest seafood companies are hoping to capture more of the Japanese market by attending a major trade show this week.

  • 19 August 2014

    STERLING has received a boost against the dollar and euro from an apparently more hawkish signal on interest rates from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney.

  • 19 August 2014

    AROUND half of small businesses, 51 per cent, have not taken any steps to comply with rules that require employees to be automatically enrolled in pension schemes although 90 per cent are aware of when the regulations will apply to them, a survey by the Forum of Private business has found.

  • 19 August 2014

    A NEW loan fund for the third sector has seen applications for more than £10 million of cash in its first three months of operation.

  • 18 August 2014

    Scotland's £1 billion infrastructure quangos have rebuffed complaints about their transparency and the exclusion of Scotland's SME sector from a growing proportion of public sector investment opportunities.

  • 18 August 2014

    SMALL and micro businesses across Britain have said they plan to take on 1.9 million extra employees this year, with 400,000 home-based firms looking to take on their first member of staff.

  • 17 August 2014

    LEADING publisher Hugh Andrew has welcomed The Herald's spotlight on public procurement in our SME-SOS Campaign.

  • 17 August 2014

    Our share tips made good headway last week with all four of the investment portfolios recording valuation gains when we carried out our review of progress on Wednesday morning.

  • 16 August 2014

    THE pound ended the week close to a four-month low against the dollar, with confirmation that the UK economy grew by 0.8 per cent in the second quarter, failing to boost sterling.