President Donald Trump's two golf resorts in Scotland posted another year of multi-million-pound losses as his properties contend with a struggling local economy and a backlash against his divisive rhetoric.

Mr Trump's golf clubs lost a combined £11.9 million last year, according to financial statements filed with Britain's Companies House.

That comes on the heels of a string of annual losses that started before Mr Trump was president.

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But there were signs of recovery, including an increase in revenue at both Scottish resorts.

The president has 17 golf operations around the world.

The numbers from Scotland so far have not been encouraging.

At Mr Trump's Turnberry resort in Ayrshire, which has hosted several British Opens, losses topped £10.8 million last year, triple the loss from a year earlier, though much of that came from a hit in foreign exchange.

Taking that out and one-time and non-cash costs, the club lost £210,000. Revenue jumped 20%.

Mr Trump's North Sea club in Aberdeenshire overlooking a stretch of dramatic dunes also posted losses, though much lower - £1.1 million.

Ladbrokes owner GVC Holdings has said online growth means the gambling firm's earnings for 2019 will be higher than previously forecast but held firm on plans to shut 900 stores over the next two years.

The gambling giant, which also owns Coral, said earnings have been bolstered by stronger-than-forecast revenues in UK high street retail stores despite the impact of new legislation for fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

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Over-the-counter wagers in UK betting shops jumped 7% in the third quarter in the aftermath of the crackdown on betting machines, the company said.

Nevertheless, the company said it still expects to close 900 of its shops over the next two years, in line with plans announced in July, after the maximum bet restriction for the gambling terminals was reduced from £100 to £2 in April.

The company said "strong online momentum" across all territories has helped to drive higher earnings across the group.

Earnings before tax and interest for 2019 are now expected to be between £670 million and £680 million, up from previous estimates of between £650 and £670 million.

Car dealership Vertu Motors has revealed falling half-year profits as sales of new cars tumbled more than 10%.

The group, which has 123 showrooms and outlets across the UK, posted a 7% drop in pre-tax profits to £16.1 million for the six months to August 31.

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It said like-for-like sales of new cars dropped 10.1% as drivers held on to their existing motors for longer in the face of higher prices caused by the Brexit-hit pound and falling used car values.

But used car sales rose 1.6% on a like-for-like basis and Vertu said prices in the used market had now stabilised.

Vertu added that new car sales had continued to fall in September, down 1.6% on a like-for-like basis.

It said it remained on track for the full-year, though it added a note of caution amid Brexit uncertainty.

The group said: "Continuing political uncertainty has potential to undermine consumer demand notwithstanding continued UK economic growth and record employment levels."