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  1. September 18, 2013

    JD Sports upbeat on outdoor despite loss

    Peter Cowgill, chairman of JD Sports, insisted that its outdoor clothing arm was turning a corner, despite the division’s...

  2. May 29, 2013

    Sports Direct makes strides through international expansion

    Sports Direct added stakes in an Austrian and a Baltic retailer to its growing international business as part of the...

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  1. Mid Market Companies 2012

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  1. April 17, 2013

    Blacks acquisition weighs on JD Sports

    JD Sports Fashion’s integration of Blacks Leisure is proving trickier than expected and has knocked full-year pre-tax...

  2. April 14, 2013

    The Week Ahead: April 15 – April 21

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

  3. April 4, 2013

    Insolvencies at lowest for eight years

    The number of UK companies falling into administration over the past three months has dropped to its lowest level in eight...

  4. March 31, 2013

    Rates push small retailers off high streets

    In the affluent London suburb of Clapham, where three-bedroom houses go for close to £1m without much trouble, a forlorn...

  5. February 28, 2013

    UK high street closures accelerating

    Stores are disappearing from British high streets faster than ever before after a spate of retail casualties. Retailers with...

  6. January 15, 2013

    High street reels from HMV crash

    The British high street is reeling from the collapse of entertainment retailer HMV, which officially called in...

  7. January 2, 2013

    UK retailer distress rises and set to get worse

    The number of retailers forced into administration rose by 6 per cent last year as the continued economic downturn saw...

  8. December 23, 2012

    Arcane ways can cause Christmas crises

    As so many know after a family Christmas, the season of goodwill can also be a time of discord. This is true in business...

  9. November 28, 2012

    Comet set to shut all stores by Christmas

    Comet, the electronics retailer, is set to close all its remaining 195 stores before Christmas with the loss of 4,600 jobs....

  10. November 3, 2012

    Comet goes into administration

    Comet fell into administration on Friday night, with Deloitte appointed to the electricals retailer bought for £2 less than...

  11. October 31, 2012

    Comet edges towards administration

    Comet is on the brink of going into administration as early as Thursday putting 6,000 jobs at risk and continuing the...

  12. October 18, 2012

    High St hit by rise in retailer closures

    Retail chains shut an average of 20 stores a day in the first six months of this year as the pace of high street closures...

  13. October 10, 2012

    Weather hits Cotswold Outdoor profits

    Pre-tax profits at Cotswold Outdoor, the outdoor clothing retailer owned by Lion Capital, fell more than 60 per cent last...

  14. October 8, 2012

    UK shoppers face blight of closures

    Britain’s struggling high streets have taken on a bleaker look this year, as a string of chains have gone bust or boarded up...

  15. October 7, 2012

    Cold weather boosts high street sales

    The fierce autumn storms that lashed the UK last month sparked a rush for winter clothing, sending high street sales up...

  16. September 30, 2012

    The weak links in high street’s chain

    And so farewell JJB Sports. It is the latest small company to be driven from Britain’s high streets, overwhelmed by high...

  17. September 24, 2012

    JJB chain to call in administrators

    JJB Sports is poised to fall into administration, putting thousands of jobs at risk, after shares in the Aim-traded sports...

  18. September 18, 2012

    JD Sports pulls out of race for rival JJB

    JD Sports Fashion has pulled out of the running to buy rival JJB Sports, leaving Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct International...

  19. September 14, 2012

    Sports Direct is frontrunner in JJB sale

    A deal to salvage some of JJB Sports could be struck as early as next week, with Sports Direct, the sports goods retailer...

  20. September 3, 2012

    JJB Sports sale gathers pace

    More than 10 potentially interested parties in the purchase of JJB Sports received information on the troubled sports goods...

  21. June 17, 2012

    Doubts raised over CVA process

    After a series of high-profile retail collapses since the start of the year, company voluntary arrangements are back in the...

  22. June 13, 2012

    JD Sports reveals £10m Blacks loss

    JD Sports Fashion set out to investors the cost of turning round Blacks Leisure, the struggling outdoor clothing retailer it...

  23. May 1, 2012

    Blacks chief set to depart

    Julia Reynolds, the chief executive of Blacks Leisure, is poised to leave JD Sports following the sale of Blacks to the...

  24. April 12, 2012

    JD Sports reveals Blacks turnround plan

    JD Sports Fashion fleshed out its plans for Blacks Leisure, the struggling outdoor clothing retailer it bought at the start...

  25. March 2, 2012

    Retail and leisure: Inspiration and innovation help lure consumers back to the shops

    The mid-cap retail sector is fraught with danger for investors, as Britain’s consumer recession continues to bite. Shoppers...

  26. February 21, 2012

    Edinburgh Woollen Mill makes late Peacocks bid

    Edinburgh Woollen Mill, the UK retailer that bought Jane Norman, has returned to the auction of Peacocks as an 11th hour...

  27. February 17, 2012

    Sports Direct approaching watershed

    City fund managers have used many different adjectives to describe Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley over the years, but...

  28. February 9, 2012

    FA offers stern defence of its stance with Capello

    That time-honoured national ritual – the dethronement of an England football manager and the hunt for his successor – was...

  29. January 23, 2012

    New Look mulls closing 100 stores

    New Look, the value fashion chain, could close up to 100 stores over the next three years if it cannot wring better deals...

  30. January 22, 2012

    Credit insurer remains wary of UK retail sector

    Euler Hermes, Europe’s biggest trade credit insurance company, said it would not extend levels of cover to the UK retail...

  31. January 17, 2012

    Internet accelerates rush from high street

    As the woes of Tesco reverberate across the high street, analysts predict a wave of rights issues will be needed to fund the...

  32. January 15, 2012

    Barratts Priceless to lay off 680 more staff

    Discount shoe chain Barratts Priceless Shoes is to make a further 680 staff redundant after its founder, Michael Ziff,...

  33. January 14, 2012

    Peacocks poised to sell Bonmarché

    Peacocks is poised to sell it’s Bonmarche’ chain to Sun European Partners, as the heavily indebted value fashion retailer...

  34. January 13, 2012

    Sports Direct eyes Hot Tuna

    Sports Direct is set to acquire Hot Tuna, the lossmaking surfwear brand, for £950,000 just days after losing its bid to buy...

  35. January 12, 2012

    JD Sports links flat sales to young

    Sports fashion retailer JD Sports blamed its exposure to hard-pressed younger shoppers for five weeks of flat sales over the...

  36. FT Alphaville

    January 10, 2012

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Tuesday, – Food helps Marks & Spencer over Xmas – statement – Sports Direct opines on Blacks...

  37. January 9, 2012

    Sports Direct smarts at £20m sale of Blacks

    Sports Direct has hit out at suppliers to Blacks Leisure, blaming them for its failure to acquire the stricken outdoor...

  38. FT Alphaville

    January 9, 2012

    Snap news

    Breaking pre-market news on Monday, – Merkel, Sarkozy meet again today, press conference at 1.30pm GMT – Bloomberg –...

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