The international response to Scotland's independence referendum has been characterised by some predictable platitudes.
The FTSE 100 Index lifted after the Scottish referendum No vote ended a long run of uncertainty for the London market.
BUSINESSES breathed a sigh of relief after the No vote with share prices rising again following the end of the uncertainty.
The indyref was supposed to answer the Scottish question. Instead it ended up posing the British question.
Shoppers rushing to pick up high-strength vacuum cleaners before an EU ban helped lift retail sales last month.