The number of Scots in work has reached a new high, with a record 2.6million people across the country now in employment.
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The European Commission has approved plans by Lloyds Banking Group to list hundreds of branches renamed TSB on the London Stock Exchange.
The Bank of England has upgraded its forecast for UK growth and employment.
British property agency GVA has announced plans to join forces with engineering conglomerate Bilfinger in a deal estimated to be worth £100million.
FTSE 100 Index touches 14-year high
Budget airline easyJet posted a smaller-than-expected winter loss today as the carrier benefited from flying a record number of business passengers.
The practice of not stunning animals before slaughter is uncommon, even in meat intended for the halal market, according to the National Sheep Association (NSA).
Scotch whisky firm Whyte and Mackay (W&M) is to come under Filipino ownership in a £430million takeover announced today.
Older people in the UK are starting to feel the benefits of the improving economy, with around £150 a month more in their pockets than they had a year ago, a report has found.
Oil and gas explorer IGas Energy has agreed to take over Singapore rival Dart Energy in an all-share deal.
Ithaca Energy, Petrofac and Johnston Press all take a severe pummelling on the stock market
Former City minister Lord Myners has laid out his plans for saving the Co-op with a final broadside to traditionalists "still stuck in denial" over its failings.
Royal Dutch Shell helped keep the London market in positive territory today, despite shock figures showing a sharp slowdown in the US economy.
Fashion chain Next has stepped up the pressure on rival Marks & Spencer by raising its profits guidance for the current year to as much as £790million.
Royal Mail will be valued at £3.3billion when it makes its stock market debut - and more than 690,000 private investors will receive shares under the offer.