Toby Green

Toby Green works on the Business Desk of the Evening Standard and The Independent.

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Market Report: City takes Ocado off the shopping list

Could the demand for online grocery shopping be starting to slow? Ocado – a company whose raison d'être is to persuade us to swap supermarkets for shopping while on the sofa – will certainly hope not, yet City voices were yesterday talking down the likelihood of it becoming widespread.

Market Report: Vedanta dives after Cairn India boss exit

Investors in Vedanta Resources were bidding farewell to the boss of a major unit yesterday. Eight months since the miner took control of Cairn India in a deal worth $8.7bn (£5.6bn), the Square Mile was in for a shock after the well-regarded boss of the oil and gas company announced he was resigning.

Market Report: Carphone in line for a Best Buy deal lift

With US retail giant Best Buy being targeted by its founder, the talk in the Square Mile yesterday was focused on what could lie ahead for its British partner Carphone Warehouse if a deal goes ahead.

Market Report: Allergy given a hay fever shot in the arm

Punters in Allergy Therapeutics were breathing a little bit easier yesterday. The Aim-listed drugs company was enjoying a revival after regulators in the States finally decided to rescue its grass pollen allergy vaccine from limbo.

Market Report: Wiggins effect set to speed up Halfords

Dennis Millard must surely be one of Bradley Wiggins' biggest fans. Although there's no evidence yet the chairman of Halfords – and currently the man in charge until the search for a new chief executive is complete – has strapped on a pair of imitation sideburns, he will no doubt have been celebrating Monday's gold medal-winning performance by the "king of the Mods".

Market Report: Sage feels the heat over Brazil venture

Could the carnival be over for Sage? An accountancy software specialist and one of the world's most exciting and colourful countries may not seem like natural bedfellows, but Sage's decision to enter Brazil has been welcomed by the City – until yesterday, that is.

Market Report: Share buyback puts Compass in demand

Those investors in Compass greedy for more must be licking their lips. The world's largest caterer may already be in the midst of buying back £500m-worth of shares, but talk doing the rounds yesterday claimed it could end up serving seconds.

The Market Report: Toy maker plays the excuses game

Won't somebody think of the children? In these uncertain economic times, even sales of toys and games are not escaping the pain on the High Street – and apparently the Queen is to blame.

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