James Thompson

James Thompson is a business reporter at The Independent.

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Barbecue weather cooks up a retail revival

The retail sector enjoyed a mini-recovery on Britain's high streets last month, with customer numbers up and shop vacancy rates falling.

Comet set to rise again as new chain of electrical stores

A chain of electrical stores under the Comet name is to be launched in a bid to fill the gap in the market left by the now-defunct retailer.

Sales growth at Asda slows down

The chief executive of Asda has mounted a vigorous defence of its performance and strategy after the supermarket chain revealed that sales growth had slowed in the second quarter.

Bank's bumper send-off for Sir Mervyn King

Sir Mervyn King received a £10,000 portrait of himself and other retirement presents worth £3,000 from the Bank of England last month, it emerged yesterday.

Cheers Diageo! Walsh walks off with £46m retirement

The former chief executive of Diageo had amassed a shares and pension retirement fund of more than £46m when he stepped down this summer.

High street chill as online sales soar by 222 per cent

Retailers have enjoyed booming online revenue over the last five years, which has piled the pressure on struggling high street chains.

Share scandal Tesco director steps down after almost 40 years at the grocery giant

A Tesco director who controversially sold shares before its profit warning last year has stepped down after nearly 40 years at the grocery giant.

After a yoga class or a coffee? Pop into Tesco

Supermarket chain meets the online shopping challenge as it unveils its 21st century blueprint for future stores - and James Thompson reports on the new space race

Andy Murray and heatwave give retailers summer lift

Retailers enjoyed their best July for seven years after the heatwave drove scorching sales of barbecue food, summer clothing and outdoor furniture in a “golden month”.

Hobbs sale looks unlikely as finance director departs

The finance director of Hobbs is leaving the fashion retailer, dampening speculation that the private-equity-backed chain will be put up for sale in the near future.

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