Growth, insecurity and change
For most of these downturn years, the Scottish economy has behaved rather like that of the UK as a whole.
As I've noted before, Scotland may be the outlier in its geography and constitution, but it's far more like the UK average than, say, London.
The latest figures show that may be changing. If you look at both the employment and the unemployment rate, Scotland has moved into a better position on both counts than the UK average.
But if you look at the latest figures for economic growth, covering the last quarter of 2013, you find gross domestic product (GDP) has had a much worse year than the UK as a whole.
That quarter saw only 0.2% growth, while the UK was on a much healthier 0.7%. There's been a downward revision also in the second quarter of last year, cutting from 0.4% to 0.2%.
Sanpower buys House of Fraser in £480m deal
From Mohamed al Fayed to Iceland's business buccaneers, the House of Fraser portfolio has secured its owners many of Britain's most prestigious retail locations.
And at a time of unprecedented change for the industry, that is testament to the vision of the Fraser family, and to the endurance of the department store format.
Whisky joins the slowdown in luxury goods growth
BenRiach whisky has strong distribution in Africa, where two of its three owners live.
In the Angolan capital, Luanda, oil-rich Chinese executives come through duty free sales at the airport, and when the senior guy picks up a £300 bottle of single malt, then others in his party are honour-bound to do the same.
Scotch whisky exports remain flat
We've heard from individual distillers that the fall-off in the Chinese market has a lot to do with official government disapproval of conspicuous consumption, and a crackdown on the culture of business gifts, as they easily cross the line into corruption.
It's a challenge that has hit the premium and luxury goods market in quite a big way.
Scottish independence: Complex energy choices, and in whose interests?
You could view the independence debate as a binary, static choice; "Yes" or "No"? But it's worth remembering that it takes place amidst immense change.
Forgive me if this seems a bit obvious. It's simply to point out that there are numerous dynamic elements which make the choice of constitutional future all the more complex.
Shared debt and common currency
Whether it's 'Yes' or 'No', we're burdened with a whole lot of government debt.
That's at least one conclusion of a report from the National Institute for Economic and Social Research.
The very slow slaying of Sir David's Goliath
It was Rangers that brought Sir David Murray fame. His fortune had more to do with metal and property.
The connection with the Ibrox club probably brings more notoriety than fame these days, given the way in which he sold it on, disastrously, to Craig Whyte.
Shetland sets sail for new horizons
Shetland's tourism sector is rather niche. It's for people who like going a long way off the beaten track, and don't mind uncertain weather or the risk of being fogbound.
There's another problem this year. Shetland's very busy. I've just been there, and a hotel room costs much the same as a rather more modern room in central London.
Cupid's arrow changes target
At Cupid, the online dating company, chief executive Phil Gripton says the past year has seen "an inflection point". That's some euphemism.
The Edinburgh-based firm was badly knocked off course by investigations for BBC programmes, finding what appeared to be fake profiles being set up, to draw customers into subscriptions.