I have been with The Herald since 1995. Since 2003, I have edited a business section which is focused on Scottish and exclusive content, while covering the big national and international stories. I write about companies across all sectors, and take a keen interest in key economic issues.
And the survey of 400 businesses, published today, points to a marginal acceleration in the rate of decline of the overall turnover of firms in Scotland's dominant services sector in the three months to May.
However, Bank of Scotland chief economist Donald MacRae was encouraged by positive signs on export activity and expectations among businesses of a significantly better overall turnover performance in the six months to November.
Ian Curle highlighted the Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, Macallan, and Highland Park producer's intention to invest in distillation capacity as he outlined plans to hike staff numbers in the US from about 35 to 110 within a year with Edrington's creation of a new distribution company in the world's largest economy.
Diageo and Pernod Ricard have already unveiled big investments to increase their Scotch whisky distillation capacity.