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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The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil