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Scottish unemployment drops below national average

Category: Scottish Economy — Mark on January 9, 2014

The unemployment rate in Scotland is continuing to fall, with figures announced at the end of last year showing it is now below the UK average.

According to (more…)

Warning over independent use of the pound

Category: Scottish Economy — Paul Morgan on January 6, 2014

One of the top three credit rating agencies has warned that the continued use of the pound under an independent Scotland could create an uncertain (more…)

Parts of Scotland are high streets ahead

Category: Scottish Economy — Mark on December 30, 2013

New research has indicated that there is a split of fortunes on Scotland’s high streets, with some doing much better than others.

The study, carried out by Stirling University and The Local Data Company, found that across the country there was an (more…)

Shopper numbers continue to fall in Scotland

Category: Scottish Economy — Gary Cain on December 21, 2013

Scottish retailers have reported further falls in the number of people visiting their stores, with November seeing another annual footfall decline.

The report from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) showed that visitor numbers from November (more…)

Scottish firms showing increased confidence

Category: Scottish Economy — Paul Morgan on December 18, 2013

Businesses in Scotland are growing in confidence when it comes to the economy of the country, according to the results of two new studies.

The surveys, one by the Bank of Scotland and the other by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), were (more…)

New target set for Scottish biotech sector

Category: Scottish Economy — Mark on December 10, 2013

Global shifts over recent years have resulted in the Scottish industrial biotechnology sector being issued with a new turnover target.

The new goal, which has been set by Scottish Enterprise (SE), will see the level of turnover boosted from its current (more…)

US to lift ban on Scottish beef

Category: Scottish Economy — Paul Morgan on November 10, 2013

Scottish beef will reappear on American menus next year, with officials in the country making moves to open the market again, nearly two decades after it was last eaten.

Beef produced in Scotland and across the EU has been banned from import (more…)

Retail sales down in Scotland despite UK growth

Category: Scottish Economy — Mark on November 2, 2013

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown an increase in retail sales for September across the UK. However, Scottish retailers saw their sales (more…)

Employment levels growing in Scotland

Category: Scottish Economy — Gary Cain on October 30, 2013

The latest official figures have shown that the number of people employed in Scotland is the highest it has been in five years.

There are now well over two and a half million people working in the country, (more…)

New employees see significant pay increases

Category: Scottish Economy — Gary Cain on October 28, 2013

The latest Bank of Scotland market report has shown that the average wage for new recruits is on the rise.

Prospects for both temporary and permanent positions have improved, with those in Aberdeen seeing the (more…)

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