James Moore

James Moore is Deputy Business Editor at The Independent.

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'I’m much more inclined to feel sympathy for a family sandwich shop than I am a 900-strong pub chain'

James Moore: Don't shed too many tears for Tim Martin and JD Wetherspoon

Outlook Faced with disappointing sales figures, JD Wetherspoon indulged in a Wednesday whinge. First, the chairman and founder of the business, Tim Martin, is furious about the supermarkets and their loss-leading booze promotions. Of course, that one has been doing the rounds for a long time. It’s trotted out whenever pub chains find trading tough.

James Moore: Co-op needs to stop talking and take action

Outlook The Scene: we’re in the boardroom of Big Evil Fracking plc. The directors have just finished a meal of veal cutlets, foie gras and chocolate ice-cream, topped with flakes of gold. They are now getting down to business. The next item on the agenda? Financing. “Hey, want to hear a good joke,” says a fat, bald, white bloke with a gold watch dangling from a chain? “The Co-op Bank says it won’t lend to fracking companies any more.”

The reality is that the Tesco Titanic was pointed in the direction of the iceberg by Sir Tel, but his successor did precious little to stop it

James Moore: It's time to hear from the rest of Tesco's top brass

Outlook The City might be buying into the bright future for Tesco, as I highlighted yesterday. But the grocer still has a myriad of issues hanging over it as Panorama’s feature on the chain demonstrated. It was more entertainment than exposé, but isn’t it fun when two former executives who sat around the boardroom table together and palled around start taking shots at each other?

Tesco juggernaut is still in the slow lane

Outlook: There have been signs that the chain’s relentless decline is moderating

The Oxfam challenge for the Davos brigade

Outlook: The OECD’s work on corporate tax avoidance has proceeded at a faster rate than many expected

The CBI has demonstrated that the key financial services sector is taking full advantage of the benign environment

Tighter regulation hasn’t strangled the City after all

Outlook: Austerity is cutting into key services and having a lasting impact on the quality of life in many areas

An exchange in Geneva feels the strain after the Swiss National Bank set the currency free against the euro

When the markets plunge into chaos on the toss of a coin

The Swiss abandoned the cap on the value of the franc and suddenly there was panic from New York to West Ham

A review by Sir Andrew Large, a former deputy governor of the Bank of England, found widespread failings.

RBS admits mis-selling loans to troubled businesses

The news will come as a fresh blow to the bank, which has been reeling over revelations about its treatment of small businesses

James Moore: Being good is better than just appearing to be good

Outlook Colette Bowe, the chair of the Banking Standards Review Council, says she’s confident international banks will fall into line with their UK peers and back her organisation’s bid to crackdown on the bad boys of banking.

James Moore: Has Standard Chartered dug itself into a hole?

Outlook The hard hats are on at Standard Chartered. Amazing to think that people were once prepared to call this the world’s best bank, although that’s not saying much, given the state of the industry.

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