Scottish business start-up numbers 'fall'
The number of business start-ups in Scotland fell in the second quarter of this year, according to Scottish banks.
The Committee of Scottish Bankers (CSCB) said 3,179 new businesses were recorded during the period.
That was 4.4% down on the previous quarter but 1.1% ahead of the same quarter last year.
The figures were based on new businesses that opened accounts with CSCB members Bank of Scotland, TSB Bank, RBS and Clydesdale Bank.
During the second quarter, businesses classified under real estate, renting and other activities accounted for the largest number of start-ups - 857 - followed by wholesale and retail trade repairs, which recorded 448 new businesses.