The UK Government has incurred a loss from oil and gas production for the first time in history.
The first shipment of shale gas produced by fracking is expected to arrive in Scotland in the next few weeks, it has been reported.
Britain is facing three years of slow growth, rising unemployment and squeezed consumer spending as the Brexit-induced collapse in the pound triggers a radical rebalancing of the economy.
Lloyds Banking Group has set aside another £1 billion to meet compensation claims for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI).
Dairy giant Muller is to centralise its operations in Scotland, putting 225 jobs at risk and pushing up costs for some existing suppliers.
Scotland experienced slightly better sales growth than the UK as a whole in the three months immediately after the Brexit vote.
More than half of nearly 800 offshore workers polled say the oil and gas industry's future is in doubt without government help while almost a quarter believe the sector has no future.
Scotland's retailers experienced a mixed month in March, although overall sales were down, according to the latest figures.
The UK Government must take "decisive action" to help the oil and gas industry, the SNP has said, as a new report highlighted a lack of leadership and a closing "window of opportunity" to effect change.
Transport giant FirstGroup saw annual results come under pressure as it was hit by the loss of rail franchises, but said it was set to make “strong progress” despite ongoing tough trading.