Articles by Patrick James



Moneysupermarket revenue up 9% to £388m

Shares of Chester-based price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com soared 18% on Thursday after its results for the year ended December 31, 2019, showed revenue grew 9%…


Morrisons to sell only free range eggs

Bradford-based supermarket giant Morrisons said on Wednesdays it has become “the first major supermarket to sell only free range eggs.” The company said: “Morrisons originally committed…



Moneysupermarket CEO to step down

Chester-based price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com said on Wednesday that its CEO Mark Lewis “has indicated to the board that he wishes to step down as chief…


Asda sales fall amid cautious Christmas spending

Walmart’s Leeds-based subsidiary Asda — which is considering a future UK stock market listing — said on Tuesday its like-for-like sales excluding petrol fell 1.3% in the quarter…




Man City banned from Champions League

Manchester City have been banned from the lucrative Champions League for the next two seasons and fined £25 million after they were found to have misled…



Grainger raises £187m in share placing

Newcastle-based Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, said on Thursday it placed 61.2 million new ordinary shares in Grainger via J.P. Morgan Cazenove and Numis…




Westminster in chaos as finance minister quits

Sajid Javid has resigned as the UK Government’s Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister) as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s first big cabinet reshuffle went spectacularly wrong. Bloomberg…


Scapa shares fall 30% amid profit warning

Shares of Ashton-Under-Lyne-based healthcare and industrial firm Scapa Group fell about 30% on Wednesday after it published an update on current trading ahead of its financial…




TalkTalk to raise £500m in bond offering

Salford-based broadband giant TalkTalk Telecom Group said on Monday it launched a £500 million corporate bond offering to refinancing existing debt. In a stock exchange…

















DWF, Manchester law giant, buys $18m Chicago firm

Manchester-headquartered international law firm DWF said on Wednesday it agreed to acquire Chicago-based Mindcrest for $18.5m in cash and shares. Mindcrest specialises in services including litigation…




Huddersfield’s SimplyBiz grows revenue 24%

Huddersfield-based SimplyBiz, a provider of compliance, technology and business services to financial advisers and institutions, said on Tuesday it has delivered 24% revenue growth for…



Cussons half-year revenue slips 4.3% to £293m

Manchester-based soaps and consumer products company PZ Cussons said on Tuesday “challenging market conditions across key geographies” led to a 4.3% decline in adjusted group revenue to £293.3…





UK dividends up 11% to £110bn in 2019

Dividends from UK listed companies rose 10.7% to a new record of £110.5 billion in 2019, according to the latest Dividend Monitor from Link Group….










TalkTalk sells £200m FibreNation to CityFibre

Salford-based broadband giant TalkTalk Telecom Group said on Tuesday it agreed to sell its fibre-to-the-premises (FTPP) network FibreNation, which has rolled out ultra-fast broadband connections…