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Friday: updated business, political and sports headlines

Today’s updates…

+ Media: European regulators give their verdict on Murdoch’s Sky bid

+ Sport – football: latest news from Celtic re Brendan Rodgers

+ Something for the Weekend: Terry Murden begins a light-touch Weekend Column looking back at the week’s events

+ Shops crisis: A new report warns of dire consequences for retailers without a change of government policy

+ Banking: Lloyds has issued an update on the HBOS fraud case

+ Tech / energy: two utilities heavyweights have joined the board of a Scots technology company

+ Scottish Beer Awards: An update on entries for this year’s celebration of Scottish beer

+ More beer: A Scottish brewery has got bank support to expand overseas

+ Sport – rugby: Gregor Townsend to make a bit of history for his Scotland managerial debut

Syria / oil: Crude prices rose after US President Donald Trump ordered a cruise missile attack on Syria early this morning

Food and drink: Scotland’s food and drink sector has hit a key new milestone

Banking: The Co-operative Bank has issued an update on its sale or refinancing plans

Independence: Businessman Robert Kilgour speaks exclusively to Daily Business about why he is launching a campaign against a second referendum

Finance: Standard Life is looking at switching part of its business to Dublin

Road contract: Four bidders are shortlisted for a £50m road upgrade

Game changerFanDuel, the Scottish games company, has quietly changed its Edinburgh strategy

Tourism: US hotel chain Marriott confirms expansion in Scotland

Closing the gap: Scotland’s tech skills academy CodeClan is raising its target following a surge in demand

Comment – are high taxes really a cause of Scotland’s economic woes?

Bug buster: A drugs company targeting hospital infections has raised almost a million pounds

Housing – failed pledge: Why Homes for Scotland is unhappy with ministers

Latest appointments: SwarmOnline + BTO + Buccleuch + JLL Scotland + Blackadders + other latest hires and promotions

Media: Daily Business has launched a new features and opinion website…full details here

New fund: Par Equity, the Edinburgh based venture capital firm, has unveiled a ground-breaking fund 

Sport: A campaign has been launched to persuade more women to take up rugby. Paul Kiddie reports

Daily Business Magazine:

+ Something for the Weekend: Terry Murden begins a light-touch Weekend Column looking back at the week’s events

+ Restaurant opening: Daily Business was at last night’s launch party at Wagamama in Edinburgh…see our report and photos

Food review – Raeburn Hotel, Stockbridge

+ Film: a  festival of independent international film making is heading to pop-up venues in Edinburgh and Scotland

Style: An Edinburgh retailer is upholding the tailoring tradition and is about to launch in Glasgow…Daily Business Magazine gets the inside story at Walker Slater 
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