James Thompson

James Thompson is a business reporter at The Independent.

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Phoenix buys Gym business

The private equity owner of the retailer LK Bennett has bought a low-cost gym operator in a deal that values the business at up to £90m.

Payouts to Mothercare's past and present bosses

The pay of the current and former chief executives of Mothercare was laid bare yesterday in the maternity specialist's annual report.

Tablets and TVs prompt Argos sales growth

Catalogue retailer Argos today posted its fourth consecutive quarter of sales growth, driven  by buoyant demand for tablets and televisions.

Asos revenues surge but Zara and H&M struggle on the high street

The online clothing retailer Asos posted another scorching quarter of revenue growth yesterday but the clothing giants Zara and H&M were hit by a slowdown on the high street.

Sainsbury’s races ahead of Tesco as consumers go wild for its own-label brands

Sainsbury’s today put clear daylight between itself and the grocery market leader Tesco by posting its 34th consecutive quarter of sales growth.

Capital's transport links help entrepreneurs

New and growing companies are being encouraged to spread out across the capital thanks to better transport links, London's leading landlord for entrepreneurs Workspace has revealed.

Exclusive: Furniture chain Dwell on brink of administration

Dwell, the troubled upmarket furniture retailer, is on the brink of administration, making it the latest high-street casualty and putting up to 200 jobs at risk.

Punch plans to slash £2.1bn debt as trading improves

The embattled pub group Punch Taverns has proposed a radical restructuring of its £2bn-plus debt mountain, and posted improved trading.

M&S plans huge depot in Essex

Marks & Spencer has unveiled its blueprint for its third UK distribution centre in south Essex, as part of a £200m investment that will create 700 jobs.

Investors up in arms over Puricore bosses' pay

Leading investors in Puricore, a specialist in both endoscopy treatment in the UK and keeping fruit fresh in the US, are planning to vote against executive pay at the annual meeting this month.

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