Figures 'encouraging' says minister
Unemployment in Scotland rose by 2,000 or 0.1% between July and September..
Most challenging month
Hallowe’en gave retailers a fright with new data showing it failed to rescue plunging retail sales in October.
State of Economy report
Scotland’s economy has performed strongly in the first half of the year, according to official data.
As I See It
How does the Chancellor square conflicting trends in the economy?
MPC votes for increase
The pound slipped today after Bank of England governor Mark Carney indicated that today’s interest rate rise from 0.25% to 0.5% would not be followed by only gradual, or no further increases.
Sterling fell more than 1% following Thursday’s interest rate rise while the main FTSE 100 stock index jumped.
Rate rise likely on new GDP data
The UK economy grew at 0.4% between July and September, raising prospects of an interest rate rise.
Positive outlook among firms
Optimism among most Scottish businesses is higher than a year ago ..
China slips as US hits record high
London’s leading stock index closed just 19.8 points lower as investors kept an eye on developments in Spain and the first day of the EU summit.
Unemployment rises in Scotland
Slow wage growth has put a question mark over next week’s interest rate decision..