James Thompson

James Thompson is a business reporter at The Independent.

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Rivals trail behind fast-growing Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's will cement its position as the fastest-growing of the listed supermarkets this week by posting another rise in revenue.

Fuller’s buys cider maker for £3.8m

Fuller, Smith & Turner is looking to expand cider maker Cornish Orchards after buying the business for £3.8m.

Marks & Spencer's Bolland rakes in bonus rise despite a slide

Marc Bolland, the chief executive of Marks & Spencer, saw his bonus rise by a quarter last year, despite the company's profits tumbling for a second consecutive year.

Sir Philip Green the owner of Topshop and Taiwanese actress Gwei Lun Mei cut a ribbon to mark the opening of the new Topshop store (Getty Images)

Road to Hong Kong: Topshop expands in the East

Sir Philip Green’s Topshop today took a major step on its journey to become a truly global brand by opening its first store in China.

Sainsbury chief's pay jumps after profits rise

Sainsbury's chief executive, Justin King, pocketed more than £4m last year after the grocer increased its profit for the eighth consecutive year.

Dreams over for chief executive Nick Worthington in wake of bed retailer buyout

The Dreams chief executive Nick Worthington is set to leave the UK's biggest bed retailer three months after it was acquired by a private-equity firm.

Tesco revealed falling UK sales

Tesco blames horsemeat scandal and fall in big-ticket electrical sales after UK sales slump

Tesco says the horsemeat scandal and dire trading on big-ticket electricals is responsible for a decline in its UK sales.

95 per cent 'yes' for Royal's Co-op takeover

Members of the insurance group Royal London have backed its £219m takeover of the Co-operative's life insurance and asset management unit.

Home Retail boss Terry Duddy pockets £1.56m despite profits slide

The chief executive of Home Retail enjoyed a sharp rise in his total pay last year, despite the company behind the Argos and Homebase chains suffering a fall in profits.

New Look bounces back into profit

Fashion retailer New Look has bounced back into profit after a turbulent year and unveiled plans for a rapid opening programme in China.

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Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
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Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
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Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary
Legoland Windsor's master model-makers reveal the tricks of their trade (including how to stop the kids wrecking your Eiffel Tower)

Meet the people who play with Lego for a living

They are the master builders: Lego's crack team of model-makers, who have just glued down the last of 650,000 bricks as they recreate Paris in Windsor. Susie Mesure goes behind the scenes
The 20 best days out for the summer holidays: From Spitfires to summer ferry sailings

20 best days out for the summer holidays

From summer ferry sailings in Tyne and Wear and adventure days at Bear Grylls Survival Academy to Spitfires at the Imperial War Museum Duxford and bog-snorkelling at the World Alternative Games...
Open-air theatres: If all the world is a stage, then everyone gets in on the act

All the wood’s a stage

Open-air productions are the cue for better box-office receipts, new audiences, more interesting artistic challenges – and a picnic
Rand Paul is a Republican with an eye on the world

Rupert Cornwell: A Republican with an eye on the world

Rand Paul is laying out his presidential stall by taking on his party's disastrous record on foreign policy
Self-preservation society: Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish

Self-preservation society

Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish
Generation gap opens a career sinkhole

Britons live ever longer, but still society persists in glorifying youth

We are living longer but considered 'past it' younger, the reshuffle suggests. There may be trouble ahead, says DJ Taylor