The first stage of a Bill to ban large stores opening on Christmas Day and New Year's Day has been passed by the Scottish Parliament. MSPs voted 99 in favour to four against, with 18 abstentions.
Fishmonger/restaurant chain FishWorks has warned pre-tax profit for the year to 31 July will be below expectations. The closure of a Harvey Nichols concession and the small size of new stores opened between July 2005 and October 2006 limited sales.
Low waged eat better
The government's Healthy Start vouchers initiative, which encourages poor families to eat healthily, gets a national roll-out next week. It replaces the Welfare Food Scheme.