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Jobs fears as law firm DLA announces restructuring
ALMOST 100 legal sector jobs in Scotland are under threat as DLA Piper restructures its UK operations (Herald).
ENERGY & UTILITIES
SSE defends 38 per cent jump in profits
Perth-based energy giant SSE today tried to deflect criticism over rising profits by insisting that higher earnings were better for the wider economy (Scotsman).
FOOD, DRINK & AGRICULTURE
AG Barr and Britvic agree merger deal
The boards of AG Barr and Britvic have agreed the terms of an all-share merger to create one of the largest soft drinks companies in Europe (Scotsman).
Stewart Milne building steadily towards normality as sales rise
House builder Stewart Milne said yesterday it continued a slow recovery in its profitability last year as it revealed an increase in turnover and 26 per cent boost in house sales (Scotsman).
John Menzies on track to hit its targets
John Menzies, the aviation and newspaper distribution group, said it was on track to meet its annual targets for the year despite expecting to be hit with a £2 million “headwind” on currency fluctuation relative to a strong pound (Scotsman).
Persimmon director reveals Scots housing market slower than UK
PERSIMMON has warned that the Scottish housing market is a “little tighter” than other parts in the UK (Scotsman).