Scottish Business Briefing - Wednesday 6 March, 2013

UK's dominant services sector managed to achieve 'modest' growth in February, in contrast to declines in manufacturing and construction activity. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
UK's dominant services sector managed to achieve 'modest' growth in February, in contrast to declines in manufacturing and construction activity. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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ECONOMICS

Modest growth for UK services sector

THE UK’s dominant services sector managed to achieve “modest” growth in February, in contrast to declines in manufacturing and construction activity, a key survey has revealed Herald).

Read all today’s economics news from scotsman.com

ENERGY & UTILITIES

Keiller wants cohesion as Wood unveils profit hike

Wood Group chief executive Bob Keiller outlined his plans for a more “joined up” company yesterday as he reported a 35 per cent jump in profits in his first annual results at the helm of the energy services giant (Scotsman).

Read all today’s energy and utilities news from scotsman.com

INDUSTRY

Banks show ‘bias’ against builders, says FMB

A QUARTER of small building firms have missed out on contracts because they say they cannot secure funding (Scotsman).

Read all today’s industry news from scotsman.com

MANAGEMENT

Breedon set on reaping rewards from road projects

Breedon Aggregates said yesterday it was looking to benefit from the new Aberdeen bypass, the upgrade of the A9 Inverness-Perth road and investment in the renewable-energy industry (P&J).

Read all today’s management news from scotsman.com

e-BUSINESS

Web sales boost for Macfarlane Group amid profits lift

MACFARLANE Group is continuing its “self-help” remedy for business growth because there are few signs of economic improvement around the UK (Herald).

Read all today’s e-Business news from scotsman.com

RETAIL

Twin engines of growth as John Menzies takes off

JOHN Menzies’ outgoing finance director Paul Dollman promised profit growth in both the company’s aviation and distribution divisions this year (Scotsman).

Read all today’s retail news from scotsman.com

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