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Lloyds sells Australian operations for £918m
State-backed lender Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to sell its Australian operations to Sydney-based Westpac for about A$1.55 billion (£918 million). (Scotsman
Royal Mail shares surge on market debut
Shares in Royal Mail rose by more than a third when they began trading on the stock market this morning, increasing the value of the business by more than £1 billion. (Scotsman)
Capita will expand its workforce by 2000 in two years
OUTSOURCING giant Capita Group is confident of adding thousands of people to its Scottish workforce, having already seen staff numbers increase ten-fold in the past seven years. (Herald)
Aberdeen store tops John Lewis sales league
John Lewis has reported a recovery in sales last week, with its Aberdeen store emerging as the best performer. (Scotsman)
TRANSPORT & INDUSTRY
US shutdown sees BAE workers told to stay at home
AROUND 1,200 BAE Systems staff have been told not to report to work in the US as the government shutdown continues. (Scotsman)
Harris Tweed Hebrides plans £1m investment
THE company that has led the revival which pulled the Harris Tweed industry back from the brink has announced plans for a further £1 million investment programme. (Herald)
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