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Sainsbury’s-Asda merger ‘could lead to higher prices for consumers’

Sainsbury’s £12 billion merger with Asda could result in higher prices and reduced choice for consumers, according to supermarket rivals and suppliers.

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Scientists hope technology can go on to save many lives. Picture: Contributed

Food safety project nets £6.5m funding from Europe

A project that is using nanotechnology to improve food safety and protect the health of vulnerable patients has received a seven-figure funding injection.

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Aerial view of the Tomatin distillery site near Inverness. Picture: Contributed

Distiller Tomatin cheers strong sales rise

Whisky distiller Tomatin, which lies in the village of the same name, south of Inverness, is celebrating a 25 per cent hike in turnover while hailing the success of its visitor centre.

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Heineken is investing a further �4.4m this year. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Comment: Raising a glass to Scotland’s pubs

Pubs are at the heart of communities and Scottish culture. Some of Scotland’s pubs hold a rich history, dating back hundreds of years; others are pillars of communities, providing food and drink, and serving as a place for social cohesion and storytelling.

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First look: Upmarket revamp set for Waverley Mall

It’s had more name changes than Puff Daddy. But a new vision for Waverley Mall hopes to transform the “gateway to Edinburgh” with plans for a new entrance, rooftop gardens and European piazza-style area.

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Waverley  mall're vamp'plans''Aerial From Scott Monument

Redeveloped Waverley Mall ‘will lure both shoppers and tourists’

Plans to transform Edinburgh’s Waverley Mall reveal a new vision for the “gateway to Edinburgh”, featuring rooftop gardens and European piazza-style area.

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Clyde Leather was founded in 1955 and is  now in its third generation. Picture: Contributed

Tannery goes hell for leather for expansion

A tannery that was founded more than 60 years ago has invested a seven-figure sum in machinery as it ramps up production.

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EMBARGOED TO 0001 MONDAY JUNE 18''John Lewis undated handout photo of  Michaela using the app going through her old clothes. The retailer is trialling a buy-back service for customers' unwanted clothes to help reduce the 300,000 tonnes sent to UK landfill each year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 18, 2018. More than 100 customers are currently testing the scheme that allows them to sell any unwanted clothing back to the department store, regardless of its condition. See PA story CONSUMER JohnLewis. Photo credit should read: Paul Grover/John Lewis/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

John Lewis trial buy-back scheme for clothing

John Lewis is trialling a buy-back service for customers’ unwanted clothes to help reduce the 300,000 tonnes sent to UK landfill each year

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Yvette Harrison, Mac Mackie and Kirstin McNutt enjoy ice-creams as temperatures in Scotland rose.

Bank holiday helps Mackie’s ice-cream sales hit record level

Ice cream brand Mackie’s of Scotland has got sales licked – after seeing them reach record levels last month.

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Senior director Deirdre Kinloch Anderson pictured with the special sundial tartan created in honour of the project and anniversary. Picture: Ian Rutherford.

Kilt firm marks anniversary with sundial refurb and special tartan

An Edinburgh-based kilt specialist is marking its 150th anniversary on Saturday 16 June with the unveiling of the refurbished version of a sundial it gifted to the city in 1890.

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Tesco says its growth plans are on track. Picture: Contributed

Tesco delivers the goods as sales continue to rise

Tesco has delivered its tenth consecutive quarter of sales growth, boosted by its recent acquisition of wholesaler Booker.

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Brian Wallace, Travelodge's Scots-born chairman. Picture: Contributed

Travelodge looks to open further 20 sites north of the Border

Hotel chain Travelodge is looking for a further 20 sites across Scotland after cutting the ribbon on its 44th establishment north of the Border.

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It is often older people who do not have access to the internet who use directory enquiries.

Ofcom plans to cap price of directory enquiries call

Communications watchdog Ofcom has said it plans to cap the cost of a directory enquiries call at £3.10 for 90 seconds after warning that the cost of such calls had “risen significantly” in recent years.
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Glasgow distillery raises glass to inaugural single malt after high demand

Glasgow distillery raises glass to inaugural single malt after high demand

The first independent distillery to open in Glasgow in more than a century has sold out of its first ever single-malt whisky release after “phenomenally high demand”.

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Founder and brewer Paul Gibson moved production into larger premises in Leith last year. Picture: Greg Macvean

Campervan Brewery drives ahead with growth

An Edinburgh craft beer maker that launched three years ago from a modified campervan is looking to expand production as it extends its reach to English drinkers.

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Licence to floor as Glasgow firm pushes south

Licence to floor as Glasgow firm pushes south

A Glasgow-based flooring business that supplied James Bond film Spectre aims to triple in size over the next three to five years after opening up in London.

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New Look has reported a 74.3 million pound loss for the year to March 24

New Look under threat after recording £74 million loss

Fashion chain New Look has swung to a full-year loss amid plunging sales on the high street and online.

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Twiggy, who has designed glasses for the Aurora range, exclusive to Specsavers. Picture:: Brian Aris/Specsavers

Twiggy on her work since retiring as a model

She’s the iconic model who will forever be known as “the face of the Sixties”, but in the five decades since she first found fame as the elfin model and muse with big eyes and long lashes, Twiggy, now 68, has never fallen out of fashion.

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Findra founder Alex Feechan won the AccelerateHER Award in 2016

Capital launch gives Findra a taste for adventure

A Borders firm specialising in premium outdoor clothing has opened in Edinburgh this weekend, as it mulls extending its branch network outside Scotland.

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John Kinloch Anderson with bolts of tartan at the company's Leith base, where the fabric is also manufactured. Picture: Jon Savage

The Big Interview: John Kinloch Anderson

Its kilts are woven into the fabric of the nation – worn by the Royal Family, the tennis champions Andy and Jamie Murray, and actor Sir Sean Connery. Now Kinloch Anderson is looking to fuse its history and heritage with hi-tech as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.

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