Scottish Business Briefing - Tuesday 20 March, 2012

Sales at Debenhams rose slightly in the past six months
Sales at Debenhams rose slightly in the past six months
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WELCOME to’s Scottish Business Briefing. Every morning we bring you a comprehensive round-up of all news affecting business in Scotland today.


Scots cities slide down chart of the world’s top financial centres

SCOTLAND’S two biggest cities have slipped further down the rankings of a global financial centres index as the country struggles to overcome the damage to its reputation caused by the financial crisis (Scotsman).

Cheaper loans used in latest salvo against independence

SMALL and medium-sized businesses across the UK are to be given the chance to take out cheap loans in a new government-backed £20 billion scheme aimed at encouraging economic growth (Scotsman).

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Energy Assets helps reverse flow as it reveals float plans

Scotland will gain its first listed company for more than nine months on Thursday after Livingston-based gas meter manager Energy Assets unveiled plans to float ({


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Cup takes a slice of city centre life

Cup, the Glasgow purveyor of tea and cupcakes, is expanding from the fashionable West End into the city centre with the aim of capturing a share of the night-time market (Herald).

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Debenhams sees ‘resilient’ sales

Sales at Debenhams rose slightly in the past six months, helped by “resilient” trading since the turn of the year (BBC).

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Iomart profits surge sparking talk of fresh takeover interest

PROFITS at Iomart, the Glasgow-based website hosting and IT company, have nearly doubled in the past year, sparking talk of it becoming a takeover target (Scotsman).

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