James Thompson

James Thompson is a business reporter at The Independent.

Filofax close to being sold

Filofax, the maker of the leather personal organisers associated with Yuppies in the 1980s, is close to being sold to an unnamed party. 

Galloping into controversy over Findus

When Lion Capital recently galloped into advanced discussions about buying the British hair-straightening brand represented by the pop star Katy Perry, the UK private equity firm had expected to be in the winners' enclosure eulogising about its latest deal.

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HMV's nightmare before Christmas

The picture looks even bleaker than expected at the long-suffering entertainment chain, with directors admitting there is doubt over its future