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Daily Business brings you this morning’s breaking news, including figures from Sainsbury’s, overnight news from Apple, a new plea for control of powers at Holyrood … plus opinion on the elections…the latest appointments

Today’s updates…

+ Exclusive: In the first in a series of extracts from his new book, Entrepreneurial Spark co-founder Jim Duffy reveals how he was almost scuppered before he got started

+ Media: ITV shares fell after the company’s CEO announced he was leaving

+ Recruitment: A Scottish recruitment agency has launched a new division and hired two staff to head up the business

+ Marks hire: M&S boss Steve Rowe has hired a big hitter to take on the clothing business in the latest attempt to get it back on track

+ Apple: Sales of the iPhone are down…Tim Cook says he knows why…and analysts speculate on what to expect from the next model

+ Supermarket struggle: Sainsbury’s has unveiled the impact of heavy discounting

+ End of a shopping era: Retail leaders say we are reaching the end of a shopping trend

+ Power plea: A group of tax professionals are calling for a new body to oversee Scotland’s tax powers

Interview: Sandy Kennedy, the chief executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland, reveals behind-the-scenes talks on collaboration that could bring a big change to the start-up environment…and outlines what he thinks is missing from the business community

Latest appointments: OEM hires former footballer + DM Hall + RSM + Grant Thornton + CMS + Grant Thornton + other latest hires and promotions

+ Markets: Good figures from BP and Aberdeen Asset Management drove the equities market higher

+ Enterprise: A Midlothian life sciences firm has bulked up its payroll on the back of overseas demand

Whisky deal: Edrington has swooped to add a single malt to its Famous Grouse and other top brands

Law: A top legal firm has landed a Highlands land contract

Star defence: Aberdeen Asset Management CEO Martin Gilbert has spoken about the multi-million pound bonus pool set aside for its merger with Standard Life…on job losses…and on current trading conditions

Tax call: The Scottish Chambers of Commerce has issued a list of election priorities with a tax cut for one sector high on the list.

Bank of mum and dad: Figures show the astonishing contribution now being made by parents to the supporting their children

Data demand: A growing demand for data is fuelling a boom in the Scottish data science sector. We have the latest figures

Comms boost: An investment communications business is opening more offices overseas

Comment:

Elections: Terry Murden argues that we need to de-clutter our political system – and that means tackling party politics in our town halls

Investment: Alan Steel asks if market trends confirm the old recommendation to “Sell in May and don’t come back ’til St Leger Day”

Mind your language: Niels Footman says that Boris’s “mugwump” comment shows the importance of setting the right tone to suit your company or brand

Daily Business Magazine:

+ Exclusive: In the first in a series of extracts from his new book, Entrepreneurial Spark co-founder Jim Duffy reveals how he was almost scuppered before he got started

Interview: Sandy Kennedy, CEO, Entrepreneurial Scotland

Next Wimbledon champ?: If you think your children have got what it takes, or just want to enjoy tennis, then read on

+ Film: Pauline Taylor reviews the remake of Whisky Galore! which hits cinemas this weekend

Small firm perks: Big corporations use huge benefits to lure top staff. What can small firms offer in order to help staff feel valued and motivated?

Art and photography: A new exhibition has opened in Edinburgh of works by a US artist and photographer who was a contemporary of Warhol and Lichtenstein and is still working today

Food and drink: The latest reviews: Toast, Stirling, Footlights, Edinburgh, Stockbridge Market 

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