James Moore

James Moore is the Independent's Associate Business Editor and writes the Outlook City comment column from Tuesday to Friday. He also has a keen interest in disability issues and when not attempting to further injure himself playing wheelchair basketball.

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Too many loans are denied to those able to manage them

Outlook The mortgage market picked up in April, defying predictions of a pre-election slump. Perhaps that shouldn’t surprise us. While the Bank of England’s affordability tests are likely to keep approvals well below their pre-crisis heights, there is much pent up demand in the market and some of the deals on offer are extremely competitive.

Morrisons may be turning, but Tesco's like the Titanic

Outlook Supermarkets often like to quietly demean the quarterly Kantar figures concerning their sales and market shares. Unless, that is, they make them look good. It’s a fair bet, then, that you won’t find much criticism emanating from Morrisons this time round. After 18 months of misery Kantar suggests there may be a chink of light at the end of the grocer’s long, dark tunnel, in the form of a modest (and at 0.1 per cent it is very modest) rise in sales.

A consumer can buy a home insurance policy from one company, while another does the underwriting and a third might be called in to handle claims management
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Every little helps in the case of Tesco's shareholders

Outlook After mis-stating its profits by more than a quarter of a billion pounds, Tesco will have been well aware that a lawsuit could appear at the check out. Lawyers swim towards situations like this faster than sharks scenting blood in the water.

Official figures undermine Government's promises

Outlook It seems to have become standard practice to question the Office for National Statistics’ data whenever it springs a surprise on the economy.

Spread betting is a success story for these most volatile of times

Outlook These are the salad days for the spread betting industry, one of those rare sub-sectors of business in which Britain is a world leader. It thrives on volatility because it is volatility that excites the punters and there’s plenty of that about right now.

We might still get to see the clash of the Irish airline titans

Outlook Much of the analysis of the attempt by International Airlines Group (IAG) to add Aer Lingus to a stable that includes BA and Iberian has focused on the business side.

PPI cases are a stark reminder of how badly consumers were let down by their banks

Outlook If you thought we might soon see the end of the payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling scandal, think again. Let me explain: in the early years of the Noughties the Financial Services Authority (FSA) decided there was no reason for consumers to be told how much commission was being paid when they were sold general insurance products such as home and motor policies. Needless to say, the insurance industry had lobbied hard on the point.

Ryanair soars, but how long until Michael O'Leary erupts?

Outlook Ryanair’s move to – in the words of chief executive Michael O’Leary – “stop pissing people off” is reaping rich rewards.

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