Merlin investors spooked by update

Merlin Entertainments, the leisure giant behind Madame Tussauds, Alton Towers and the Edinburgh Dungeon, saw its shares slump as peak summer trading woes following the UK terror attacks took the shine off a worldwide Peppa Pig deal.

Adidas is one of many brands stocked by Footasylum

Footasylum looks to step up in market with new stores

Sports retailer Footasylum has unveiled plans to float on the London Stock Exchange in a move that could value the firm at about £150 million.

Brewgooder lager is stocked in Asda stores and a number of bars and restaurants. Picture: Contributed

Scots brewer turns craft lager into water for thousands

Scottish beer brand Brewgooder and supermarket chain Asda are celebrating the first anniversary of selling the former’s Clean Water Lager having helped bring drinking water to more than 5,000 people in Malawi during that time.

Elaenor Coates. Picture: Iain McLean

Monday interview: Eleanor Coates, senior trademark attorney

You don’t have to delve too far into Scotland’s food and drink sector to unearth some heady numbers. Collectively, the industry was worth well in excess of £14 billion last year, supported some 119,000 jobs and enjoyed a growth rate within food manufacturing that was twice that of the UK average.

Princes Street in Edinburgh. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Scotland sees steepest drop in footfall
in 15 months

Last month saw Scotland experience its biggest year-on-year drop in footfall since June 2016, exceeding the UK-wide fall, as consumers continue to tighten their purse strings.

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Asos booked a 38 per cent sales rise in the US and a 41 per cent increase in European sales.

Asos set to reveal soaring overseas sales growth

Online fashion retailer Asos will offer up some stylish full-year sales numbers this week as it benefits from its global expansion.

Erica Moore set up Eteaket after giving up a career in law and moving to Edinburgh where she and her husband only knew one person. Photograph: Ian Georgeson

The Big Interview: Eteaket founder Erica Moore brews up a five-year plan

Eteaket founder Erica Moore visited Japan as a backpacker 20 years ago, where she became “enthralled” by the matcha tea ceremony and learnt more about the UK and Japan’s long-standing connections with the drink.

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The firm runs 48 sites including two in the US. Picture: Contributed

Goals Soccer boss to bow out

The boss of Scottish five-a-side football group Goals Soccer Centres is stepping down.

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Brits have voted for the best curry. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

The UK’s favourite curry choices revealed

The British public have thrown their support behind the tikka masala, voting it their favourite curry.

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Dove apologises for ‘racist’ picture posted on Facebook

Dove has apologised after the brand was accused of racism over an online advertising campaign.

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Diesel sales have slumped in the wake of the VW emissions scandal and amid fears of extra taxes. Picture: Contributed

‘Recession’ fears for new car market

Fears have been raised over the health of the motor retailing industry after sales of new cars reversed for a sixth consecutive month.

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The online retail giant Amazon is facing a bill of at least 250 million euros (�221.5 million) in back taxes after the European Commission. Picture: PA

EU orders Amazon to pay £221m in taxes over ‘sweetheart deal’

Amazon has been ordered to pay around 250 million euros (£221 million) in back taxes after the European Commission ruled it received “illegal tax benefits” under a sweetheart deal with Luxembourg.

A total of 2.5bn disposable coffee cups are thrown away every year in the UK.

Poll: Scots would support charge on throw-away coffee cups

Almost three quarters of people in Scotland would support a charge on single use coffee cups, a survey has found.

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Tesco hailed its efforts to keep prices low amid Brexit-fuelled inflation. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Tesco sees surge in half-year profits and rising sales

Supermarket giant Tesco has reported a surge in half-year profits and rising sales as it hailed efforts to keep prices low amid Brexit-fuelled inflation.

Primark have released a range of their Festive jumpers.

Revealed: The Primark Christmas jumpers for 2017

For many, they’re one of the most recent Christmas traditions, and a must-have item each Festive season.

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An artist's impression of the new Lidl planned for Easter Road

120 new jobs coming to Edinburgh as Lidl unveils plans for new stores

DISCOUNT retailer Lidl is to create up to 120 new jobs in Edinburgh, it has announced.

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The group has a strong line-up of whisky and gin brands within its portfolio. Picture: Contributed

Spirits group William Grant cheers annual numbers

William Grant & Sons has reported another year of "strong growth", driven by key brands such as Glenfiddich and Hendrick’s gin.

Prof Martin Tangney, founder of Celtic Renewables showing the first sample of bio-butanol at The Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh.

Food & drink: Scotland looks to the future

Scotland’s food and drink sector is in great shape. In the past decade its reputation for providing fine products for the table has thrived, with industry turnover up 44 per cent since 2007 to more than £14 billion.

Scotmid expects further challenges this year.  Picture: Contributed

Scotmid profit maintained despite extra cost pressures

Edinburgh-based co-operative retailer Scotmid has warned that it expects the second half of 2017 to be “equally or even more challenging” compared to the first after seeing interim turnover drop “slightly” from the prior year.

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Suit retailer Moss Bros posts rise in interim sales

Men’s suit retailer Moss Bros has posted a healthy rise in half-year sales and profits, despite bemoaning a “very tough trading environment”.

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