James Moore is Deputy Business Editor at The Independent.
22 January 2015 12:29 AM
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.
21 January 2015 01:04 AM
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.”
21 January 2015 01:03 AM
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?
20 January 2015 01:42 AM
Outlook: There have been signs that the chain’s relentless decline is moderating
20 January 2015 01:40 AM
Outlook: The OECD’s work on corporate tax avoidance has proceeded at a faster rate than many expected
20 January 2015 01:38 AM
Outlook: Austerity is cutting into key services and having a lasting impact on the quality of life in many areas
17 January 2015 12:11 AM
The Swiss abandoned the cap on the value of the franc and suddenly there was panic from New York to West Ham
16 January 2015 12:49 AM
The news will come as a fresh blow to the bank, which has been reeling over revelations about its treatment of small businesses
14 January 2015 02:05 AM
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.
14 January 2015 02:04 AM
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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