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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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