James Thompson

James Thompson is a business reporter at The Independent.

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Retail guru’s plan for high street flawed, says ex-Wickes boss

The former boss of the DIY retailer Wickes has stepped up his criticism of the retail expert Mary Portas, stating that one of her key recommendations on business rates would have saved firms just 50p a week last year.

Dwell founder attacks former management

The founder of Dwell has attacked the failed furniture retailer’s previous management for leaving customers in a “terrible situation”.

Market Report: Rolls-Royce comes back down to earth

Rolls-Royce enjoyed a day of flying high on Thursday after the aircraft engine maker reported first-half results ahead of expectations. But the shares went into a nosedive yesterday, following a downgrade from Deutsche Bank.

B&Q-owner Kingfisher cashes in on the heatwave

Shares hit 12-year high as the hot spell sees B&Q's sales of goods such as barbecues rocket

Waitrose basks in heat but John Lewis is in a sweat as sales fall

Waitrose today toasted booming sales, as shoppers took advantage of the heatwave and stocked up on champagne, sausages and charcoal for alfresco dining.

Resolution begins new acquisition spree in US

The insurance entrepreneur Clive Cowdery, who has spent billions consolidating the UK life insurance industry, has embarked on a mission to do the same in the US with a $600m (£395m) acquisition there.

Mothercare warns royal baby may not deliver ‘huge uptick’

The chief executive of Mothercare has played down the boost the imminent arrival of a royal baby will have on its UK business, despite its plans to launch a range of clothing to mark the occasion.

Mike Ashley oversaw his sports retail group increase its profit to £287.9m last year, thanks to the collapse of rivals and the Olympics

Sports Direct staff share £150m bonus after record profit

Employees will each get £75,000 in shares but founder’s ‘super bonus’ has been scrapped

Not such a great fit after all... Kate Bostock left M&S to join Asos

Kate Bostock: How the woman who dressed the nation failed to click with Asos

She has dressed a generation of British women at Marks & Spencer, Next and Asda’s George brand.

Billionaire Topshop owner plans global push for Arcadia

Sir Philip Green's Arcadia retail empire is to massively step up its international expansion, stretching as far afield as Azerbaijan and Chile.

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