The Scottish government imposes a moratorium on underground coal gasification in addition to its existing fracking moratorium.
New laws which are intended to protect the country's 700,000 private sector tenants from rogue landlords are unveiled by the Scottish government.
Economic think tank Fiscal Affairs Scotland announces it is suspending its activities because of lack of financial support.
Whisky producers going against the grain
Is competition from Japan a threat to Scotch whisky?
A round-up of topical business stories
The green shoots of economic recovery have blossomed for construction and professional services, but growth elsewhere in Scotland looks sluggish.