Putting money on Indyref 2

Yes and No campaigners during referendum campaign

It was the economy wot won it, and lost it. On identity, emotion, enthusiasm, optimism, organisation and so much more, last year's referendum on independence was heavily weighted in favour of the "Yes" side.

But on the economy...? Well, the debate rages on, but the polls tell us it was the economy that made the difference.

Was it the Better Together's strategy of Project Fear?

Post financial crunch, was this the wrong time to ask Scots to take a financial risk? Or conversely, were enough Scots financially content with their lot, under the constitutional status quo?

Did the "Yes" campaign perhaps fail to pin economic failure on Westminster?

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Scotch whisky: How to regain momentum?

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Image caption A one minute video advert has been produced for Johnnie Walker

It is reckoned to be the most valuable spirits brand in the world of alcohol.

Brand Finance put it at number 246 in its 2015 top 500 brands by value. The consultancy reckoned that the brand alone - not including the business behind it - is worth £3.6bn.

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Britain's fading greenery

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The energy team at business consultancy EY can't expect to get many contracts out of Whitehall - not after a thorough trashing of UK policy.

But they are more likely to win friends within the industry today, having moved Britain down the annual league table of nations' attractiveness to renewable energy investors.

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Offshore oil hunkers down

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Offshore oil and gas has previously used the vast scale of its Offshore Europe event in Aberdeen to showcase how big and bold it is.

This week: not so much. The industry is hunkered down, counting the cost of contraction.

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Sturgeon opens for business

Nicola Sturgeon unveiling Programme for Government

"We will make Scotland the best place in the UK to do business," says the first minister, "not through a race to the bottom, but by focusing on innovation, skills and productivity."

A laudable aim, no doubt, unless you're one of the other parts of the UK intending to achieve precisely the same thing, and by using the same focus.

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Stigma of the Dump

electric car

Some questions for you. What are your clothes worth, and what percentage of them do you actually use? In the past year, say?

This may be made trickier if, like me, you have had little cause to look out anything for summer weather.

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What future for BBC Scotland?

BBC Scotland headquarters

Scotland's media landscape is being bulldozed - transformed by digital technology, burgeoning choice, and quite a bit of politics - particularly as the future of the BBC is now in play.

The politics is also apparent in the newspaper sales figures for the first half of the year. Out this week, they show the average decline at more than 10% since the first half of last year, continuing the industry's painful downward trajectory.

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Crude awakening

gas flare

The price of a barrel of Brent crude oil fell nearly 4% on Wednesday, to $47. It's taking a mighty toll on companies in the sector.

Yet even if the price were to double, we learned today that it would continue to fall a long way short of filling the yawning deficit in Scotland's public finances.

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Michelle Mone: tsar quality?

She's from Glasgow poverty, and pulled herself up by her bra-straps. She's glamorous. She exudes success.

And she's the person the Department for Work and Pensions has invited to carry out a review of the support for people from less advantaged areas to start up their own businesses.

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The jobs recovery takes shape

New job figures from the Office for National Statistics show a mixed picture, of UK unemployment rising in April to June, Scottish unemployment falling more than anywhere else, yet Scottish employment also falling.

The past year has seen strong jobs growth across Britain, but the picture looks like a slow-down in job market recovery if you compare the latest figures with the first quarter of last year.

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