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Stagecoach founder buys airport for £1
STAGECOACH co-founder Ann Gloag has agreed to pay £1 to buy Manston Airport in Kent from Infratil, its New Zealand owners who have also been trying to sell Prestwick Airport. (Herald)
High streets see dip in sales in September
SCOTTISH retail sales were “subdued” in September after a strong summer, with like-for-like sales down 0.8% compared with the same month last year. (Herald)
Grangemouth oil refinery strike called off
A PLANNED strike at the Grangemouth oil refinery has been called off even though peace talks failed to resolve a bitter row over a union convenor.
FOOD, DRINK & AGRICULTURE
Tennent’s to make craft beer in Glasgow
TENNENT’S lager-maker C&C Group yesterday unveiled a joint venture with Alloa-based craft brewer Williams Bros, marking its entry into Scotland’s thriving real ale market. (Scotsman)
Landlord anger at Optical Express restructuring
SCOTTISH opticians chain Optical Express has been rapped by a band of major landlords over a controversial restructuring move that they claim will cost them money. (Scotsman)
TRANSPORT & INDUSTRY
Galliford Try wins Scottish schools work
Galliford Try has been chosen to build two schools in Scotland in a contract worth almost £50 million. (Scotsman)