James Thompson

James Thompson is a business reporter at The Independent.

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A wipeout as Billabong dives deep into red

The value of the Billabong brand has been wiped out after the surfwear group posted an annual loss of nearly A$860m (£499m) after hefty writedowns.

Flotation windfall for bosses at Foxtons

IPO could see them share up to £100m as property market remains buoyant

Boohoo seeks a fashionable flotation

Online clothing retailer Boohoo.com is looking at listing on the London Stock Exchange as it seeks to emulate the success of its much bigger rival Asos.

Co-op looks to catch up rivals with launch of online groceries

The Co-operative has revealed plans to launch groceries online, in a belated attempt to grab a slice of the fast-growing £6.1bn market dominated by Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Ocado.

OFT investigates Carpetright and rivals over ‘misleading’ promotions

The floor-covering specialist Carpetright said it is “co-operating fully” with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) over the watchdog’s investigation into “misleading” sales practices of furniture, carpet and bed chains yesterday.

Tesco mulls joining in $3bn Hong Kong bid tie-up

UK grocer could team up with CRE to buy leading supermarket chain

Superdry to become largest UK retailer to open in Turkey

The owner of the Superdry fashion brand has signed a deal with a franchise partner to launch stores in Turkey, becoming the latest UK retailer to open in the country.

Karen Millen snaps up David Bailey

Karen Millen has become the latest fashion retailer to sign up a celebrity photographer to promote its autumn and winter collection.

After M&S and Asos, Kate Bostock heads to the Coast

Kate Bostock, the former head of clothing at Marks & Spencer, is to join the women's fashion retailer Coast as chief executive, following her abrupt exit from Asos last month.

Bglobal chairman ousted as investors stage a revolt

It was not a week the Kennedy family will want to remember. Peter Kennedy, the executive chairman and founder of the smart meter firm Bglobal, was ousted last week after a revolt by investors over its weak performance and destruction of value.

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