James Moore

James Moore is Deputy Business Editor at The Independent.

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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

Tui Travel marriage bids 'auf wiedersehen' to UK base

One of the City's longest courtships looks finally to be ending in marriage with Tui Travel set to merge with its majority shareholder, Germany's Tui AG.

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home