There's encouraging economic news from the Scottish Borders.
In its annual report, the local council says it has seen a slight increase in the number of people visiting towns there.
A one percent increase for the previous year, compares with successive decline over the past two years of 7.9 and 7.6 per cent across the region.
A growth in so called footfall was noted this year in all town centres except Hawick and Peebles.
“Whilst there are significant challenges and pressures faced by our town centres from the economic downturn and the rise in the use of internet shopping, this survey does give some grounds for hope.
“The Council is very conscious of the vital role that our town centres play in the economic and social life of the Borders and will continue to promote projects aimed at improving their future prospects.
"Projects have included town centre improvements in Melrose and Galashiels, and there are town heritage projects in Kelso and Selkirk being taken forward.”
More top news
Colder, windier and wetter weather is on the way.
Will the 'potentially historic' snow storm hitting the US, find its way to the UK?
ComRes polling agency chairman says the next 100 days will be be gruelling in the most uncertain General Election that anyone can remember.