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    1. November 20, 2014

      Former JJB Sports boss faces jail term after conviction for fraud

      The former chief executive of JJB Sports is facing jail after being convicted by a jury of fraud for receiving secret...

    2. November 11, 2014

      Mike Ashley to ‘revolutionise’ fitness sector with cut-price gyms

      Mike Ashley promised to “revolutionise” the fitness industry by launching club membership of £5 a month at his new chain of...

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    1. September 23, 2014

      Former JJB Sports chief was paid £1m over deals, court hears

      The former chief executive of JJB Sports received three payments totalling just over £1m in 2007 and 2008 allegedly linked...

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      September 3, 2014

      Tesco: it was the internet wot dunnit

      Here is one of the best theories we have heard about the problems at the UK’s wounded retailing Goliath and, happily, it...

    3. May 14, 2014

      Mike Ashley limbers up for move on LA Fitness

      Mike Ashley, the billionaire controller of Sports Direct, is poised to move into the fitness business with plans to acquire...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. September 30, 2013

      SFO sees off legal challenge as case lays bare contentious reign

      The Serious Fraud Office has headed off a high-stakes legal challenge that could have jeopardised 30 of its investigations,...

    9. September 20, 2013

      High street retailers hit by claims of sports bra price-fixing

      The price of sports bras has been pushed up by collusion between some of Britain’s largest department stores and a leading...

    10. July 23, 2013

      Making the most of cities’ unoccupied office buildings

      Enter the courtrooms of Audit House on London’s Embankment, and you are greeted by a strange sight: the magistrates and...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. February 28, 2013

      Sports Direct buys Republic

      Sports Direct has bought the collapsed youth fashion chain Republic in a deal that analysts estimate to be worth between...

    15. 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...

    16. February 8, 2013

      Ex-chairman of JJB charged with forgery

      The former chairman of JJB Sports, Sir David Jones, has been charged with forgery and making misleading statements to the...

    17. 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...

    18. January 7, 2013

      Lowest number of Aim companies since 2004

      The number of companies listed on Aim is at its lowest level since 2004, but the reason companies are quitting the market...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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....

    22. November 22, 2012

      Chapter 11 might have lent wings to SAS

      SAS has long stood for what is wrong with much of Europe’s airline industry. The Scandinavian flag carrier has been...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. October 19, 2012

      OpCapita considers sale of Comet

      OpCapita, the private equity investor that bought Comet for only £2 less than a year ago, is considering a sale of the UK...

    26. 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...

    27. October 12, 2012

      Teeing up a new investment

      It is that time of the year again. The rich and famous are descending on my corner of Scotland for the Dunhill Cup, a...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. October 5, 2012

      Sportswear – an uneven struggle

      There are no prizes for also-rans – just ask shareholders in JJB Sports, the UK retailer that went bust this week after...

    31. October 1, 2012

      JJB faces more than 2,000 job losses

      More than 2,000 jobs are to be lost at JJB Sports, after the sports goods retailer plunged into administration on Monday....

    32. 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...

    33. September 27, 2012

      Sports Direct set to buy 60 JJB shops

      Sports Direct is poised to buy up to 60 JJB Sports stores, safeguarding at least 1,000 jobs at the struggling chain. The...

    34. September 26, 2012

      Ashley bid for JJB stores in doubt

      Mike Ashley’s bid to rescue JJB Sports stores from closure is in jeopardy after an 11th-hour spat with Adidas, one of the...

    35. September 24, 2012

      JJB’s troubles a blow to Wigan

      JJB’s move to seek administration is a blow to Wigan, the Lancashire town where local hero Dave Whelan, an ex-footballer,...

    36. 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...

    37. September 21, 2012

      JJB Sports nears sale deal

      JJB Sports is close to striking a deal to sell its sporting goods business, with terms set to be agreed early next week....

    38. September 18, 2012

      Boutiques show their mettle in BAE/EADS

      Independent M&A advisers are playing an intriguingly prominent role in merger discussions between EADS and BAE Systems. The...

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