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  1. January 21, 2015

    Mike Ashley cuts Sports Direct stake to 55%

    Shares in Sports Direct fell more than 6 per cent on Wednesday after founder Mike Ashley sold more than £100m worth of...

  2. January 13, 2015

    Debenhams misses analysts’ forecasts with 0.8% sales drop

    Debenhams’ shares dropped 8 per cent on Tuesday after it warned that its full-year margin improvement would be at the lower...

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  1. December 11, 2014

    Sports Direct shrugs off England team woes

    Sports Direct, the sportswear retailer owned by billionaire Mike Ashley, has reported a rise in half-year profits despite a...

  2. November 6, 2014

    Mike Ashley sells £33m stake in Debenhams

    Sports Direct, the retailer controlled by Mike Ashley, has sold its £33m stake in Debenhams just over a month after...

  3. October 23, 2014

    Debenhams suffers steep profit fall in difficult year

    Debenhams has reported a steep but expected decline in full-year profits, capping a difficult year for the department store...

  4. October 2, 2014

    Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct takes fresh 5% stake in Debenhams

    Mike Ashley, the retail billionaire, has increased his bet on Debenhams, by spending £33m to acquire an almost 5 per cent...

  5. October 2, 2014

    Babcock slips as tracker funds exit

    Babcock International’s £1.6bn purchase of helicopter operator Avincis in March has come with a sting in the tail: it locks...

  6. September 25, 2014

    Ashley’s gamble on Tesco divides opinion in the City

    Mike Ashley, the billionaire retailer who likes a flutter, is taking a punt on Tesco. Mr Ashley, who owns 58 per cent of...

  7. September 25, 2014

    Message to Sports Direct’s Ashley: spoof not lest thou are spoofed

    Mike Ashley famously played the pub game “spoof” with bankers over who should pay a £200,000 legal bill for the 2007...

  8. July 7, 2014

    Debenhams retreats as Ashley eyes decline

    How long now before Debenhams gains an unwanted shareholder? Fears of poor trading sent Debenhams to its lowest since...

  9. June 20, 2014

    Debenhams to trial Sports Direct concessions

    Debenhams, the department store chain, said it would begin a trial selling Sports Direct goods in its stores as underlying...

  10. April 17, 2014

    Highlights from this week’s Investors Chronicle

    Buy: Carr’s Milling (CRM) Investment lays groundwork for growth across all divisions and Carr’s continues to win contracts...

  11. April 15, 2014

    Debenhams steps up recovery plan

    Debenhams said it was “accelerating the pace of change” in an attempt to recover from a difficult six months in which...

  12. April 2, 2014

    Shareholders reject £70m share plan for Sports Direct’s Ashley

    The fractious relationship between Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley and the City took another turn for the worse when...

  13. FT Alphaville

    March 11, 2014

    It pays to be an owner, Sports Direct edition

    Sports Direct shareholders are a happy bunch. From less than a pound five years ago, the UK retailer is now worth more than...

  14. February 19, 2014

    Sports Direct bullish after sales surge

    Mike Ashley, the billionaire who controls Sports Direct, saw the value of his stake rise by about £200m on Wednesday,...

  15. February 14, 2014

    Sports Direct and Debenhams in second meeting

    Sports Direct and Debenhams have held a second, secret meeting after the Mike Ashley-controlled sports goods retailer’s...

  16. February 5, 2014

    French Connection shares rise as losses narrow

    Shares in French Connection rallied by as much as 25 per cent after it said an improved Christmas trading period meant that...

  17. January 26, 2014

    UK company profit warnings surge

    The UK’s largest quoted companies issued more profit warnings in the fourth quarter of last year than in any three-month...

  18. January 22, 2014

    Sports Direct and Debenhams to meet after shares swoop

    Top executives of Sports Direct and Debenhams are set to meet on Thursday following the Mike Ashley-controlled sports goods...

  19. January 18, 2014

    Shareholders divided over Ashley’s bold Debenhams bet

    Mike Ashley’s audacious derivatives bet on Debenhams shares has divided shareholders in his company, Sports Direct – with...

  20. January 16, 2014

    Ashley’s reshuffle baffles Debenhams

    As the founder of a sportswear chain and the owner of a football club, Mike Ashley, who controls Sports Direct, is no...

  21. January 16, 2014

    Sports Direct offloads Debenhams stake

    Sports Direct, the retailer controlled by billionaire Mike Ashley, has made about £5m by selling a nearly 5 per cent stake...

  22. January 16, 2014

    Sports Direct to tap Jeff Blue’s knowledge of retail struggles

    If there is one thing investors can bank on with Jeff Blue, it is that he knows the downside of retail deals. As Sports...

  23. FT Alphaville

    January 16, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Housing boom, ex London: Izzy notes that the latest RICS survey shows the UK housing...

  24. January 16, 2014

    Floundering pilot fish made EE the one that got away

    The recriminations start here. EE has canned immediate plans to float in London. The UK’s biggest mobile operator,...

  25. January 16, 2014

    Sports Direct swaps Debenhams shares for options

    Sports Direct has entered into an option contract that would potentially allow the Mike Ashley-controlled retailer to take a...

  26. January 15, 2014

    Ashley may push for celebrity-sponsored sportswear in Debenhams

    Mike Ashley, the billionaire retailer who controls Sports Direct, is eyeing injecting celebrity-sponsored sportswear ranges...

  27. January 14, 2014

    Ashley is not the first to take gamble on Debenhams

    Mike Ashley’s £50m stake in Debenhams unveiled this week is not the first big bet that has been placed on the department...

  28. January 14, 2014

    Moss Bros celebrates strong sales with raised dividend

    A jump in Christmas sales prompted Moss Bros to bump up its dividend as the suit retailer and formalwear group avoided the...

  29. January 13, 2014

    Ashley calls Toon with Debenhams move

    Mike Ashley loves making the big, contrarian bet, preferably with the maximum amount of mischief. The billionaire opened his...

  30. January 13, 2014

    Ashley keeps Debenhams investors in dark

    For a man who has had an uneasy relationship with the City for much of the past seven years, maverick businessman Mike...

  31. January 13, 2014

    Ashley could give Debenhams the shake-up it needs

    Michael Sharp, chief executive of Debenhams, will have to add a fifth pillar to his ho-hum “four pillar” strategy: keeping...

  32. FT Alphaville

    January 13, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Dividends and buy-backs mean the US stock market is fairly valued, Dan finds. NEWS...

  33. January 13, 2014

    Sports Direct takes stake in struggling chain Debenhams

    Shares in Debenhams rallied sharply on Monday after Sports Direct, the retailer controlled by billionaire Mike Ashley, said...

  34. January 8, 2014

    Fat Face smiling after ‘no sale before Boxing Day’ decision

    The decision not to go on sale before Boxing Day for the fourth year running paid off for Fat Face, which increased its...

  35. January 3, 2014

    The UK retail sale with no bargains

    A walk down the high street is a walk into Alice in Wonderland. At first glance, everything seems upside down. The stores...

  36. FT Alphaville

    January 3, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Izzy takes a look at the cosy relationship between parts of the academy and Wall...

  37. January 2, 2014

    Blame game begins at Debenhams

    Christmas 2013 is one that Debenhams, the department store chain, would rather forget. Its troubles began just before the...

  38. January 2, 2014

    Debenhams: bad execution, we hope

    Debenhams still excels in its main role: reminding investors to be wary of private-equity backed share offerings. Since the...

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