The economy

Consumer confidence continues to improve

Consumer confidence has reached a record high as the pressure on household wallets continues to ease, according to new research.

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Growth and interest rate rises forecast for 2015

The economy will grow 3% in 2014, up from a previous forecast of 2.6%, according to the Confederation of British Industry.

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Scottish oil and gas looks to international market

Scottish oil and gas firms are predicted to win contracts worth £100 million over the next 3 years after attending the world’s largest oil and gas conference in Houston, USA, according to Scottish Enterprise.

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Half a million jobs predicted over next year

Nearly half a million jobs could be created over the next year, according to research from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Self-employment up despite lower earnings

The average self-employed worker earns 40% less than the average employee, according to a study by independent think tank Resolution Foundation.

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Record optimism among small manufacturers

Confidence among small manufacturers has reached its highest level since records began in 1988, according to the Confederation of British Industry’s latest SME Trends Survey.

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1.4 million on zero-hours contracts

Around 1.4 million people are employed on zero-hours contracts, an Office for National Statistics study has suggested.

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Retail jobs growth in Q1

The number of full-time jobs in the retail sector increased 1.8% in the first quarter of 2014, according to the British Retail Consortium.

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'Exceptionally strong' outlook for UK economy

The UK economy's growth prospects for the next three months are "exceptionally strong", according to the Confederation of British Industry.

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Mixed success for Scottish manufactured exports

Scottish manufactured export volumes in 2013 rose 1.9% on 2012, the fastest annual increase since 2008, according to official figures.

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