Scottish Business Briefing - Thursday 8 March, 2012

The Johnnie Walker bottling plant at Kilmarnock
The Johnnie Walker bottling plant at Kilmarnock
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T-Rex and Bolan out of tune as wells prove not to be viable

SHARES in Faroe Petroleum fell 5 per cent yesterday after the Aberdeen-based explorer revealed it had discovered oil in its Bolan and T-Rex wells off the coast of Norway but not in high enough quantities to make them commercially viable ({


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86 Johnnie Walker staff redundant as site axed

THE closure of the Johnnie Walker bottling plant at Kilmarnock at the end of this month will see 86 employees forced into compulsory redundancy out of what was a 707-strong workforce (Herald).

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There’s platinum in them thar hills says Scotgold chief Chris Sangster

SCOTGOLD could add copper, platinum and other precious metals to its interests following “exciting” initial findings five kilometres from its Cononish gold and silver mine near Tyndrum (Scotsman)

Remploy plans factory closures with 1,700 job losses

Remploy is proposing to close 36 of its 54 factories, including those in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Springburn and Motherwell (BBC).

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Failed bid to halt supermarket tax may reduce Asda investment

SUPERMARKET group Asda is warning that it may scale back new store investments in Scotland after the failure of a last-ditch attempt to throw out a supplementary tax on large retailers (Scotsman).

Morrisons: ‘Professional shoppers’ boost 2011 profits

Morrisons says the emergence of what it calls “professional shoppers” has helped it to lift full year profits (BBC).

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