By Jonathan Davies

The boss of JD Wetherspoon, Tim Martin, has accused business leaders and politicians of talking "nonsense" over Scottish independence.

Speaking to the BBC, the Wetherspoon chairman said: "Scotland could do very well on its own.

"There is a lot of nonsense talked by businessmen and politicians that it is impossible for Scotland to survive by itself. We think we can trade well there."

It comes after Justin King, former boss of Sainsbury's, followed John Lewis and Asda in suggesting that prices would go up if Scotland votes of independence, and RBS confirmed it would move its headquarters to London, with Lloyds and Clydesdale Bank considering similar moves.

Tim Martin's comments came as JD Wetherspoon reported profits of £79.4m, up slightly from £76.9m last year.

Like-for-like sales, which remove pubs that have been open for less than one year, were up 5.5%. Total sales were up 10% to £1.4bn; JD Wetherspoons said it had made improvements to its menus and extended opening hours, which aided sales.

And there was optimistic news about its current financial year figures, with sales for the first six weeks of the year up 6.3%.

Mr Martin said he was "pleased" with the company's results and added that the chain now employs around 34,000 people, 3,000 more than a year ago.

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