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The Scottish Licensed Trade Association's quarterly survey found the tightening of the drink-drive law is partly responsible and pub businesses are also facing the higher cost of the new minimum wage.
The survey reported that pubs were investing in improved food options and seven out of ten stocked craft beer, which has seen sales growth.
There has also been a shift towards offering a better range of soft drinks and non-alcoholic cocktails.
The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, was at the launch of a partnership between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the estate, in Cumnock.
Seka Ritchie (32) who is also known as Fitchie, was found guilty of stabbing father-of -two Alexander Duncan (60) at his flat on Thursday 16th April 2015. She was convicted of murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice at Edinburgh's High Court.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin MacLean, who was the Senior Investigating Officer on the case, said: "Seka Ritchie betrayed his trust and friendship and, for reasons that she alone knows and has refused to divulged, she attacked and killed him."
Hamilton Academical's McGovern, soon to be out of contract, impressed in the 1-0 loss to Germany at Euro 2016.
The 32-year old Northern Ireland goalkeeper's agent says Premier League clubs in England have expressed interest.
German media are reporting that the man, who had fired at least one shot at the Kinopolis complex in Viernheim, near Frankfurt in Germany, was now dead but it is unclear how he died or if he took any hostages.
At least 20 people are said have been injured - many apparently as the result of a release of tear gas in a confined space.
Heavily armed police surrounded the complex after the incident began.
Police said two people were seen on CCTV in Edinburgh Park area on 15 June using catapults and ball bearings to kill birds and rabbits.
Two addresses and vehicles were searched in Bilston, Midlothian, on Tuesday in connection with the investigation.
Officers recovered catapults and a number of dead birds and small animals during the searches.
The two men, aged 26 and 31, will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
Officer said John Adams, 68, was last known to be at his home on Campbell Street at about 23:00 on Wednesday.
However, his relatives could not find him this morning and contacted the police.
He is described as a white man, with a medium to stocky build and about 5ft 5in high.
The police helicopter and dog unit is being used in the search for Mr Adams.
Police said two boys, aged 18 and 19, and an 18-year-old girl had been charged in connection with a series of alleged thefts in the Marykirk area.
Officers from the Laurencekirk Community Policing Team launched an investigation after ornaments, plants and solar lights were taken from properties.
A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.
About 200,000 visitors are expected to pass through the gates by Sunday.
Organisers say that the show, held at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, is worth about £46.2m to the Scottish economy.
Over 7,000 animals are expected to be paraded, primped, and admired on the 40-hectare (100-acre) site over the next few days.
Mike Ashley has abandoned his challenge to the SFA's decision to class Mr King as a "fit and proper person" prior to him taking the role of chairman.
He dropped the action in April after receiving information about how the SFA came to their decision, in May 2015.
In a written judgement, Lord Bannatyne ruled: "On the primary issue argued before me regarding the awarding of expenses, I am clearly of the view that the petitioners' argument should be rejected.
"I am persuaded that there is no proper basis for not following the normal rule that expenses should follow success.
"Where a party seeks on the morning of a first hearing to have the action dismissed then that party in my opinion must be held to have been unsuccessful."
Police Scotland said 33-year-old prisoner Thomas Proctor has failed to return to the prison after a period of home leave.
He was reported missing at 15:00 on Wednesday and may have travelled to the Airdrie area.
Members of the public were warned not to approach him if seen, but to contact police.
Procter is described as being 6ft tall, with short dark hair.
Simon Donaldson is accused of alleged offences at addresses in Angus and Dundee, including the city's police headquarters.
Mr Donaldson is alleged to have "repeatedly and persistently" telephoned and texted the woman, and asked her whereabouts and movements.
The trial will take place at Dundee Sheriff Court on 5 August.
The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2010 and 2015.
The assault took place in St Mary's Street, Edinburgh, at about 23:45 on 18 January.
A 40-year-old man was left with serious facial injuries following the attack.
Detectives said they were keen to trace the man in the CCTV footage who was seen in the area at the time of the assault.
Oban-based Otaq won a £100,000 prize for the seal deterrence system, called SealFENCE, from the Scottish Edge awards.
The competition is aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming entrepreneurial talent.
Otaq designs and manufactures technology for the global fish farming industry.
It is estimated that seal and sea lion attacks cost the industry more than $1bn a year as the mammals attack salmon farms for food.
The festival was the first of five events Highland Council announced would be taking place in the city this summer.
It would have been the first jazz festival in the area since the long-running Nairn International Jazz Festival came to an end in 2009.
Organisers have had to cancel because of poor ticket sales.
Police said they had searched two homes in Galashiels on Wednesday and found "dealer quantities" of diamorphine with an estimated street value of £4,900.
The men, aged 50 and 51, are expected to appear before Selkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday.
Ch Insp Andy McLean said it was a "significant drugs recovery".
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The 36-year-old midfielder was asked to take a pay cut and has now followed Stephen McManus and Craig Samson in pledging his future to the club.
The ballot is making headlines around the world, with Indonesian newspaper Kompas using a photograph of a ballot box awaiting the Gigha island ferry in Argyll and Bute on its front page.
The distinctive blue boxes were last night collected from storage for delivery to polling stations across the country.
And Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was photographed after she cast her vote, at Broomhouse Community Centre in Glasgow.
The underwear was discovered by RSPB officials who went up to the nest to ring the chicks in the nest on the Gannochy estate.
It is the second year in a row that red kites on the estate have been found with underwear and socks in their nest - suspected to have been taken from a local wild swimming spot.
But gamekeeper Dave Clement said the raptors had become more "discerning" this year, choosing top brands to line their nest.
"The licensed ringer who went up the tree to the nest said there were Armani pants and another brand as well as socks, which they must have pinched off the swimmers at the local gorge," he said.
The 19-year-old woman was assaulted on Kelvin walkway, which runs along the River Kelvin, at about 05:35.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said inquiries were at an early stage and officers were working to establish the circumstances surrounding the attack.
Police are at the scene and have sealed off part of the walkway.
Walter Innes and fellow Shorewatch volunteer Monika Carrie were about to head home after an eventful day "staring at an empty sea" off Aberdeen on Tuesday.
They then spotted what looked like a dolphin feeding frenzy and Mr Innes took a picture, believing it to be of a dolphin taking a large salmon.
But closer examination of the picture has shown it to be a small porpoise.
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Henry Pyrgos will captain Scotland in the second and final Test against Japan in Tokyo on Saturday, taking over from Greig Laidlaw.
Pyrgos, who captained Scotland for the first time against USA at the World Cup, has endured an injury-hit 2016 and did not feature in this year's Six Nations campaign.
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Several newspapers report that Rangers boss Mark Warburton says the enthusiasm and desire of signing target Niko Kranjcar shone through when he met the Croatian midfielder in New York last month.
In the Daily Record, new Ibrox midfielder Joey Barton responds to jibes from Scott Brown by posting a social media picture of the Celtic captain in a Rangers kit as a youth.
Just 72mm of rain has fallen on South Uist since April.
Scottish Water is to install a temporary overland pipe to take additional water supplies from Benbecula to the island.