Scottish retailers have faced a daunting start to the crucial festive period, with total sales rising a modest 2.9% in October 2023 compared to the same month last year, falling below both the three-month and twelve-month average increases.
Scotland's economic outlook remains cautious, with growth anticipated to be subdued through 2023 and 2024, according to the latest PwC UK Economic Outlook report. The Scottish economy is expected to see real gross value added (GVA) growth of just 0.3% in 2023, aligning with some regions but falling
Scotland's labour market experienced a continued decline in recruitment activities, with a particular slowdown in permanent staff placements and temp billings, as reported in the Royal Bank of Scotland's latest Report on Jobs for October 2023. This contraction, the most moderate in three months, coi
The Bank of England (BoE) has voted to maintain the base interest rate at 5.25% for the second consecutive time, signalling a continued tight monetary stance into the foreseeable future against a backdrop of persistent inflation and subdued economic growth. Despite the grim economic outlook, the cen
In the latest economic update, Scotland's onshore GDP reported a slight increase of 0.1% in August. This modest rise follows a 0.2% growth in July and compensates for the 0.1% dip experienced in June. The service sector, which accounts for around three quarters of the economy, saw a 0.5% increase af
Subdued growth prospects for the Scottish economy have been highlighted, with predicted growth rates of 0.2% in 2023, 0.7% in 2024, and 1.2% in 2025, according to the University of Strathclyde's Fraser of Allander Institute. Notably, the 2023 forecast is a downward revision from June's figures,
High interest rates are preventing investment in the Scottish economy, according to the latest Scottish Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Indicator. Concern over interest rates has seen a significant increase over the quarter, rising from 37% of firms in the last quarter to half of firms, whic
Scotland has witnessed superficial growth in retail sales, increasing by 6.1% in the five weeks leading up to 30 September 2023, compared to the same period in 2022, slightly down from the previous year’s 6.5% growth. However, when adjusted for the prevalent inflation, with both the SPI and CP
CPI Inflation in the UK has remained steady at 6.7% in September, defying the Bank of England's prediction of 6.9%. This consistent figure, primarily influenced by a rise in petrol costs counterbalanced by a decrease in food prices, reinforces expectations that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) wi
August has witnessed a sustained surge in wages, one of the fastest since records began in 2001, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), sparking concerns over persistent inflation contrary to the Bank of England's expectations.