News archive from 13 March 2014

Tesco boss says business is getting better

Tesco boss says business is getting better

Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke yesterday defended his strategy in the face of the latest drop in market share, saying "big companies take a long time to change". The world’s third-largest retailer is 22 months into a turnaround...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Comment: Poundland’s sterling debut...

Comment: Poundland’s sterling debut...

THE eye-catchingly successful flotation of Poundland is testament to society's current economic and consumer fabric. As its name blazons, the company is the ultimate discount retailer. It has gone from strength to strength throughout Britain’s seven...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 

Harlem explosion: Recap after three people are killed and dozens injured following huge blast

Refresh automatically On | Off 11:27 pm Reports from the US now say three people have been confirmed dead following the explosion. The blast went off at about 9.30am before emergency services could reach the scene. It completely destroyed two...

 

Craic from the track: Cheltenham punter comes within one race of £160k but ends up penniless

So near, yet so far. Cheltenham punter Harry Drew picked the first five winners at Wednesday's meeting and was waiting on Katgary in the sixth race for an eye-watering return of £161,705 in the Tote Jackpot bet. So what is the one position which would...

Daily Mail, 00:06 in Sport
 

Ronaldo in astonishing gesture as he pays for the operation of 10-month old baby

Cristiano Ronaldo has shown his soft side by offering to pay for the operation of a 10 month old baby born with a neurological disorder. Erik Ortiz Cruz suffers up to 30 epileptic fits a day and surgery is the only solution to his condition. The boy's...

Daily Mail, 00:06 in Sport
 

Police investigate jockey Llewellyn's N-word comment at Cheltenham preview event

Gloucester police are looking into the N-word racist comment made by well-known racing figure Carl Llewellyn on the eve of the Cheltenham Festival. No complaints have been made but officers visited The Hollow Bottom pub in Guiting Power near...

Daily Mail, 00:06 in Sport
 

UK house price growth eases in Feb but recovery has further to run - RICS

February's reading was below all forecasts in a Reuters poll of economists that predicted an unchanged balance of +52. RICS suggested the easing in levels of activity last month may have been down in part to bad weather, with rain, wind and flooding...

Reuters, 00:07 in Business
 

Mexico faces rising risks to growth: top official

Data last month showed the economy slowed sharply in the fourth quarter of 2013, dragging annual growth to a four-year low and prompting analysts to lower forecasts for 2014. Fears of a slowdown grew after factory exports fell for a fifth month in a...

Reuters, 00:07 in Business
 

Europe fails to bridge divide on banks reform

Concluding the third day of unsuccessful talks on the ambitious political project, negotiators disbanded still in disagreement over central elements of banking union, a scheme to police banks and shut those too weak to survive. Sharon Bowles, a...

Reuters, 00:07 in Business
 

Scotland’s cash from North Sea drops by £4.4bn

SCOTLAND'S public finances have plunged further into the red after a dramatic fall in oil and gas revenues, official figures have shown. The figures published yesterday show that Scotland’s deficit – the shortfall between public spending and taxes...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Politics
 
SNP fails to make financial case for Yes - Leckie

SNP fails to make financial case for Yes - Leckie

THE leader of the main body for tourism businesses in Scotland has warned the Scottish Government that it has failed to make the financial case for independence. Stephen Leckie, chair of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, said there was huge uncertainty...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Politics
 
Bill Jamieson: Cornwall finds strength in the SNP

Bill Jamieson: Cornwall finds strength in the SNP

SCOTLAND is not alone in its fight for independence - one county has been a law unto itself for years, writes Bill Jamieson Here’s news to hearten Alex Salmond. There is a corner of a foreign field which is forever, well, rather keen on the SNP. Down...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Politics
 
The Scotsman cartoon: Report curbs spending plans

The Scotsman cartoon: Report curbs spending plans

Bad news for the Yes campaign after the latest GERS report showed Scotland's deficit rise while the UK's fell. ‘GERS’ stands for “Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland” and is an annual report which reveals the state of the country’s finances....

Scotsman, 00:08 in Politics
 
Lesbian couple’s joy at marriage law reforms

Lesbian couple’s joy at marriage law reforms

STANDING outside the High Court in 2006 after a judge had rejected a bid to have their marriage recognised in law, lesbian couple Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger predicted the decision "would not stand the test of time". Less than eight...

 
Andy Murray serves notice of place in hotel trade

Andy Murray serves notice of place in hotel trade

Tennis star Andy Murray has spoken of his love for Scotland ahead of the opening of his new hotel. He said he was looking forward to the venue being a “fixture” in Scottish tourism at the start of a week of events celebrating the industry. Murray will...

 


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