News archive from 25 March 2014

Boy band boost for bakery firm

Boy band boost for bakery firm

FINSBURY Foods said strong sales of Scottish-made cakes featuring the likes of One Direction and Spiderman helped it to a 50 per cent increase in pre-tax profits. Finsbury Foods said strong sales of Scottish-made cakes featuring the likes of One...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Phones4U could gate crash Dixons merger deal

Phones4U could gate crash Dixons merger deal

PHONES4U is understood to have approached Dixons over a possible merger as the electronics retailer continues talks over a £4 billion tie-up with Carphone Warehouse. A deadline for the Dixons and Carphone Warehouse to announce their intentions was...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Stewart underpinned in deal with property group

Stewart underpinned in deal with property group

PROPERTY developer and investor Chris Stewart has sold a minority stake in his eponymous company to a US-based investment firm. The transaction with an affiliate of Proprium Capital Partners, will allow the Chris Stewart Group (CSG) to negotiate deals...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Comment: Standard Life & Ignis | Hair salon growth

Comment: Standard Life & Ignis | Hair salon growth

It has been a busy start to the year for Standard Life. First came the stooshie over its "threat to quit to Scotland". Then came last week's shake-up in the the pensions industry. Now the company is poised to announce a chunky acquisition....

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
SNP ‘using public money to promote independence’

SNP ‘using public money to promote independence’

ALISTAIR Darling has claimed the Better Together campaign can't match the financial muscle of its opponents in the Yes camp because of the SNP government's "access to public funds" to promote independence. He said the use of taxpayers’s cash...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Scottish independence poll: Only 28% support Yes

Scottish independence poll: Only 28% support Yes

THE Yes campaign's momentum in the polls has suffered a blow, with a new survey showing only 28 per cent of Scots back independence. The TNS UK results are well down on a weekend poll in Scotland on Sunday, which put support for Yes at 39 per cent....

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Michael Fry: Constitution too serious for posturing

Michael Fry: Constitution too serious for posturing

A constitution does not mean a government which happens to have a parliamentary majority can pass any law it likes, writes Michael Fry THINGS are getting serious, then, with the gap in the polls between No and Yes closing and the government of...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Politics
 
Efforts to ease Everest climber congestion

Efforts to ease Everest climber congestion

NEPAL plans to minimise the congestion of climbers near the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) summit of Mount Everest, which gets clogged with scores of climbers during the short window of good weather. One of the initiatives includes the introduction of...

 
Egypt court sentences 529 to death

Egypt court sentences 529 to death

An EGYPTIAN court has sentenced to death 529 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in connection with an attack on a police station that killed a policeman, convicting them after only two sessions in a mass trial that raised an outcry...

 
Text messages reveal Steenkamp afraid of Pistorius

Text messages reveal Steenkamp afraid of Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend told the athlete she was sometimes afraid of him and complained he had a short temper and was jealous in the weeks before he killed her, according to phone messages revealed at the Olympian's murder trial yesterday. Reeva...

 
Examining the structures that support independence

Examining the structures that support independence

Experts can help us understand global politics, says Roddy Gow Around the world the desire of people to demonstrate and express their views seems to be accelerating. Whether in Scotland or elsewhere key issues have been or will be put to the vote....

 
Lloyds accused of short-changing PPI claimants

Lloyds accused of short-changing PPI claimants

Lloyds Banking Group has been cutting the compensation it pays to payment protection insurance claimants, a BBC investigation has revealed. PPI expert Cliff D'Arcy told the BBC Lloyds had saved more than £60m over the past year by cutting...

BBC, 00:08 in Business
 
£310m invested in UK wind turbines

£310m invested in UK wind turbines

Manufacturing giant Siemens and the UK's Associated British Ports are to invest a total of £310m in UK wind turbine factories, creating 1,000 jobs. Siemens will put up £160m - doubling its previous plans to invest £80m in wind turbine production in...

BBC, 00:08 in Business
 
Richard Demarco’s art treasures find a home

Richard Demarco’s art treasures find a home

ONE of Scotland's most significant art archives is finally set to win a permanent home, after ministers stepped in to secure its future. Richard Demarco, a key cultural figure in Scotland for more than half a century, has revealed moves are finally...

 


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