Lidl overtakes Waitrose as seventh-biggest supermarket

Lidl has overtaken Waitrose to become the UK’s seventh largest supermarket as shoppers cope with inflation by turning to the discounters, figures show.

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Ian McDonald is retiring as sales director of Glasgow-based wholesaler JW Filshill. Picture: Contributed

Wholesale veteran Ian McDonald steps down from JW Filshill

One of the best-known figures in the Scottish retail and wholesale industry is stepping down after a career spanning more than 40 years.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe unveiled its own tartan. Picture: Alan Simpson

Edinburgh Festival Fringe unveils official tartan

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe unveiled its own tartan on Sunday to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the world’s largest arts festival.

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A wet summer and the slowing housing market took their toll on B&Q. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Poor summer weather hammers sales at DIY chain B&Q

Sales at DIY chain B&Q tumbled in the second quarter, with the firm blaming wetter-than-usual summer weather for the slump.

Martin Flanagan says Asda's boss will be breathing a sigh of relief at the chain's latest sales figures. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Martin Flanagan: Asda draws a line under three years of pain

More evidence of a high street squeeze emerged yesterday, with the latest official figures showing only a lukewarm rise in sales in July.

Eggs linked to contamination scare have been distributed to Scotland but there is no health risk. Picture: JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

Liquid eggs linked to contamination scare distributed in Scotland

A small amount of liquid eggs from overseas farms linked to a contamination scare have been received by food firms in Scotland, but there is unlikely to be any risk to public health, according to a watchdog.

Asda's sales were boosted by a bumper Easter. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Asda cheers first quarterly sales rise in three years

Asda has posted its first quarterly sales growth in three years as a fight back led by chief executive Sean Clarke begins to bear fruit.

The Walnut Whip was created in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh-created Walnut Whip goes nut free

It was launched more than a century ago by an historic Scottish confectionary firm and is now an iconic nutty treat, loved by sweet-toothed Brits.

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H&T revealed a 62% jump in first-half profits. Picture: Contributed

Strong gold price gives profits a lift at pawnbroker H&T

Pawnbroker H&T saw its shares jump 10 per cent yesterday after a strong half-time profits rise partly on the back of a favourable gold price.

The price of a bacon roll is set to rise.

Bacon roll prices set to soar, finds report

The cost of a bacon sandwich is set to rise considerably due to spiraling costs of pork and butter.

Irn-Bru drinkers used to be able to get up to 30p for returning their bottles. Picture: Michael Hughes

Taking the collaborative approach to recycling

A bottle tax could spell bad news for consumers and business, argues Ewan MacDonald-Russell, Scottish Retail Consortium head of policy and external affairs.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: PA

Nicola Sturgeon joins criticism of Clarks’ ‘sexist’ shoe range

Footwear firm Clarks has sparked a sexism row after naming a girls’ shoe range Dolly Babe and a boys’ line Leader.

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Traders fear loss of business from possible extension of tramline

Traders have voiced fresh concern over the impact of extending Edinburgh’s tramline after it emerged work could begin as soon as 2019.

Rural Scots face rip-off delivery charges. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Inquiry into ‘discriminatory’ delivery charges for rural Scots

A full inquiry by watchdogs is being demanded into “discriminatory” delivery charges faced by millions of Scots living in rural areas.

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Retial footfall is down in Scotland. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Retail footfall drops in Scottish High Streets

Retailers experienced a disappointing July with new figures showing footfall was down by 0.4% for the month.

Monklands Police have appealed for help over the theft of �600 worth of cosmetics from a Boots store in Coatbridge. (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

Humorous Police Scotland appeal to help find thief goes viral

Monklands Police poked fun at a theft on social media with their appeal for more information going viral.

DFS saw 'significant declines' in footfall and orders. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Sofa retailer DFS warns of hit from weather and election

Sofa chain DFS has confirmed that profits will take a hit after an uncertain economic environment, the snap general election and warm weather led to weak trading at its stores.

But ScS said it was trading in line with the board's expectations. Picture: Alan Watson

Sofa retailer ScS sees orders hit by challenging trade

Sofa chain ScS has revealed second-half orders slumped by 5 per cent as it battled against tougher trading.

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New Look is seeking to reduce its dependence on the UK high street. Picture: New Look/PA Wire

New Look falls into the red amid tough fashion market

High street chain New Look has swung to a loss in a “disappointing” quarter’s trading beset by continuing difficulties in the UK fashion market.

Around 135,000 workers at the supermarket giant are to receive a 4.4% pay rise, taking their basic wage rate to �8 an hour. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Sainsbury’s gives 4.4% pay rise to 135,000 staff

Around 135,000 workers at supermarket giant Sainsbury’s are to receive a 4.4% pay rise, taking their basic wage rate to £8 an hour.

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