Scottish Business Briefing - Monday 26 August, 2013

Losses deepened at the company behind the famous Old Course Hotel. Picture: Jane Barlow
Losses deepened at the company behind the famous Old Course Hotel. Picture: Jane Barlow
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Occupancy boost can’t offset losses at Old Course

LOSSES deepened at the company behind the famous Old Course Hotel in St Andrews last year - in spite of an increase in room occupancy and guest numbers, new accounts show (Herald).

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