James Thompson

James Thompson is a business reporter at The Independent.

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Revival at Mothercare

Mothercare said its UK turnaround plan remains "on track" after it cut losses at its domestic business, despite falling sales.

Market Report: Morrisons on shelf after shares sell-off

The supermarket chain Morrisons enjoyed a day in the sun last week after it unveiled a 25-year, £170m licensing deal with Ocado to help it launch food online next year. But yesterday, the UK's fourth-biggest grocer was back in the shade after an institutional investor offloaded a large chunk of shares. Morrisons fell 6.7p to 282.6p, while traders waking up to mixed sales data from the supermarket might have also decided to put their money in the baskets of rivals Sainsbury's and Tesco.

The Marks & Spencer company logo outside the company's flagship store on Oxford Street in London

Marks & Spencer hits an 8-year low after clothes sales slide

Pressure grows on chief executive despite stellar showing by food business

Waterstones starts consultations over jobs with staff

Hundreds of jobs could go at Waterstones after the retailer launched a consultation with 560 managers as it seeks to slash costs and "secure the future" of the UK's last nationwide book chain.

Sales growth returns at Morrisons

Morrisons has finally started to show signs of recovery, after a sustained period of weak trading.

Burberry upbeat on China prospects as it reveals strong menswear sales

Burberry today struck an upbeat note on its prospects in China, as an emerging army of luxury shoppers in the Asian country helped to drive a sharp uplift in annual profits.

Think-tank joins the call for a freeze on high street rates

An influential think-tank has become the latest organisation to call on the Government to alleviate the punishing impact of business rates in an effort to curb the spiralling number of store closures on the  high street.

Whitworths snacks owner mulls sale

A 127-year-old British maker of snacks and baking products has hired advisers to explore strategic options that could see it sold for more than £100m.

Yo! Sushi owner in bidding for burger chain

The owner of Yo! Sushi is battling rival private equity firms to acquire Byron, the upmarket burger chain, for £100m.

Luxury giant reveals growing interest in Joules, retailer to the county set

L Capital, the private-equity arm of the world's biggest luxury goods company, LVMH, is among suitors plotting to make a major investment in Joules, the fashion retailer favoured by the county set.

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