Car retailer Lookers set to drive growth in Scotland

Lookers Audi is mulling the acquisition of further sites in Scotland in a twin-track strategy alongside organic growth as it targets turnover of £385 million north of the Border this year.

McDonald's is looking to take on thousands of additional workers

Burger giant McDonald’s to create thousands of UK jobs

McDonald’s is to create 5,000 jobs by the end of next year, the fast food restaurant giant has announced.

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Marston's taverns division saw like-for-like sales rise by nearly 3%. Picture: PA

Marston’s welcomes sales boost thanks to Euro 2016

Pubs group Marston’s said today that the tailwind to sales of UEFA Euro 2016 has helped offset mixed summer weather.

Kirsten Speirs of awards operator KDMedia with Aldi's Michael Whiteford. Picture: Contributed

Aldi signed up as Scottish beer awards sponsor

Scotland’s first annual competition that celebrates the nation’s booming beer business has secured a headline sponsorship deal with supermarket chain Aldi.

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Plans for the Westfield retail park in Cumbernauld have been approved. Picture: Contributed

Planners give green light to Cumbernauld retail park

North Lanarkshire Council’s planning committee has approved plans for a £25 million retail park on the outskirts of Cumbernauld.

Sainsbury's has been given the green light to buy Argos. Picture: Neil Hanna

Watchdog clears Sainsbury’s deal to buy Argos owner

Sainsbury’s £1.4 billion takeover of Argos owner Home Retail Group has been approved by the competition regulator.

Peter Vardy's stable of brands includes Porsche. Picture: Contributed

Peter Vardy profits drive ahead on investment push

Car dealer Peter Vardy has seen a multi-million pound investment programme pay off after full-year sales and profits motored ahead.

Craft Beer Clan of Scotland's Chris Miller. Picture: Contributed

Overseas buyers rush for whisky-themed craft beer

A new range of craft beers aged in whisky barrels has secured a raft of orders from overseas customers.

Grocery shopping sales are up but concerns over consumer confidence in Scotland remains. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Grocery sales up but concerns rise over faltering confidence

A warning of signs of consumer confidence faltering in the wake of the Brexit vote came today despite Scotland’s food retail sector last month seeing its first increase in sales since December.

Tesco has been criticised over its fake farm labelling. Picture: Graham Smith

Trading Standards label complaint backed by NFUS

NFU Scotland yesterday gave its backing to the move taken by its English counterpart to lodge an official complaint with the National Trading Standards Institute over ­supermarkets’ use of “fake” farm names on some food products.

Pok�mon Go fans enjoy the new craze at Tokyo Toys shop in Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin

Gotta catch ’em all: Scots businesses lure Pokémon players

Businesses across Scotland are scrambling to find ways to cash in on the Pokémon Go craze which has swept the nation.

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Scotland lock Grant Gilchrist marks the Eden Mill partnership. Picture: Contributed

Eden Mill raises glass to Scottish Rugby tie-up

Scottish Rugby is toasting a new partnership with Eden Mill, Scotland’s first single-site distillery and brewery, which will see the Fife drinks firm become the governing body’s first ever “official gin partner” for four years.

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Trading in the final quarter was particularly strong, with like-for-like sales up 15.4 per cent. Picture: PA

Superdry owner sees profits rise with latest figures

Profits at SuperGroup, the company behind the Superdry fashion brand, have been boosted by a collaboration with actor Idris Elba.

Bike sales at Halfords were hit by wet weather and the timing of Easter. Picture: Contributed

Wet weather puts brakes on Halfords bike sales

Halfords saw its bike sales recovery skid to a halt as it was hit by wet weather and the timing of Easter.

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Pubs founder Tim Martin rounded on organisations including the CBI. Picture: Contributed

Wetherspoon chair lashes out at Brexit doubters as sales rise

The Brexit-backing founder and chairman of pubs giant JD Wetherspoon has hit out at the Chancellor, the Bank of England and a host of other organisations, blaming them for a potential slowdown following last month’s historic vote.

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Poundland has accepted a takeover bid from Steinhoff. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Boost for UK M&A as £600m deal for Poundland is agreed

DISCOUNT chain Poundland is being bought by South African retailer Steinhoff International in a £597 million takeover which corporate advisors hope will be a kickstart to the stalled deals market in the UK.

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Begbies Traynor said pubs are facing 'serious challenges'. Picture: Jacky Ghossein/TSPL

Surge in number of pubs and bars going bust

Pubs and bars are being hammered by the introduction of the national living wage, poor weather and the Brexit decision, with increasing numbers going bust as a result.

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Plans for the Westfield retail park in Cumbernauld have come under fire. Picture: Contributed

Council urged to reject plan for Cumbernauld retail site

Business owners and landlords in Cumbernauld today urged councillors to reject plans for a development which they argue threatens the regeneration of the town.

Business Stream chief Jo Dow with House of Fraser executive chairman Frank Slevin. Picture: David Parry

More House of Fraser work flows to Business Stream

House of Fraser has switched a further eight of its stores in England to Business Stream, the non-domestic subsidiary of Scottish Water.

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Asos said its full-year sales were on track to grow up to 25%. Picture: Asos/PA Wire

Online fashion retailer Asos raises sales outlook

Asos today shrugged off Brexit fears for retailers as it upped its full-year sales outlook after cheering “strong” trading.

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