James Moore

James Moore is Deputy Business Editor at The Independent.

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James Moore: Are we rolling over for foreign predators?

Outlook How appropriate that the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, appears before the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee to answer questions on foreign takeovers when there’s one in the offing.

Marks & Spencer rests its case: Its performance isn’t bad at all

Outlook There’s a trick that some defence lawyers like to use: however strong the evidence of the client’s guilt, deny, deny, deny. It doesn’t matter if the bad guy was caught on film with a gun in his hand and a bag labelled “swag” while demanding the teller fill it with cash. He didn’t do it. He didn’t. He didn’t do it!

Taylor Wimpey should be made to do more to earn the Help to Buy windfall

Who is Help to Buy actually helping? You can add developers to the well-to-do families and London professionals that critics have identified as big beneficiaries of the taxpayer-underwritten mortgages accompanied by deposits of as little as 5 per cent of a home’s value.

Conservatives Philippa Stroud and David Mundell (pictured) have both been beneficiaries of Caledonia’s financial support

Key Conservative benefactor Caledonia Investments forced by shareholders to cut links to party

One of the Conservatives’ most reliable and vocal supporters has bowed to pressure from its independent shareholders and abandoned the party.

MP alleges new City scandal: Rigging the Stock Exchange

The City watchdog came under fire before an influential committee of MPs yesterday for failing to investigate the alleged manipulation of closing share prices.

James Moore: Asda proving the big winner of the supermarket price war

Outlook With all eyes focussed on the invasion of the European discounters Aldi and Lidl, and the impact of their rise on the likes of Tesco and Morrison's, Asda is remarkably quick to protect itself from getting caught by the squall.

James Moore: It seems the big beasts of banking really are too big to jail after all

Outlook US Attorneys certainly have a neat line in soundbites. "A Tour de Fraud," is how Preet Bharara described the conduct of French bank BNP as he and his colleagues confirmed what we all knew: BNP will pay a record $9bn for its alleged involvement in sanctions busting.

James Moore: Forget today's best deals and fix your mortgage for longer

Outlook Moneyfacts, the financial data company, says it's time to celebrate 25 years of the fixed rate mortgage.

Ageing assets need improving, but at what cost to struggling households?

Outlook: If the widespread use of food banks is worrying you now, just imagine what will happen when those bills start to come in

Tax must be simpler and clearer, says ‘citizens’ jury’

There was said to be little support for shifting the current balance between consumption taxes – VAT – and income taxes

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