Angling Direct has hailed a record start to the year.

Britain's largest fishing tackle retailer said like-for-like store sales were up by 29.5 per cent in February and March while overall sales were up 28.5% compared to the previous year.

Online orders for January and February were up by 27% and the company's German, French and Dutch websites helped European sales surge 66%.

It also announced the opening of its first fishing tackle "destination store" in Nottingham.

Chief executive Darren Bailey said: "As we seek to cater for all anglers across the UK with a new and modern retail offering, we will continue to strategically expand our physical geographical footprint, as well as enhance our online offering in terms of products, experience and education in order to help raise the profile of angling.

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"Whilst other areas of the retail sector may be experiencing difficulties, we are delighted that our strategic focus on customer experience and service, as well as positioning our stores in the correct locations, is driving our growth and brand value."

In today's back page lead, Edinburgh parkour video helps first youth tourism push reach 5m.

#UncoverEdinburgh, which received a £40,000 Growth Fund award from VisitScotland, had a total reach of 4.9 million across various social channels.

Edinburgh fund management partnership Baillie Gifford has introduced equal parental leave of up to one year, writes Business Editor Ian McConnell.

Baillie Gifford, which employs 1,128 people and has assets under management and advice of £173.3 billion, emphasised that any employee, irrespective of gender or length of service, could take advantage of the parental leave policy.​

BrewDog, the outspoken Scots brewer, is also issuing a Brexit warning today.

James Watt, who co-founded the Ellon-based firm with Martin Dickie in 2007, said the continuing lack of clarity around the UK’s troubled departure from the European Union (EU) was making it difficult for businesses to make decisions.​