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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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,...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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....

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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....

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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,...

  32. 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...

  33. 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....

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. September 10, 2012

    Decathlon backs off from JJB Sports bid

    The list of prospective suitors for JJB Sports narrowed on Monday after Decathlon, the French sporting goods retailer, ruled...

  38. September 9, 2012

    JJB Sports suitor stops short of offer

    Hopes are fading for a rescue of JJB Sports after one of the frontrunners to acquire the troubled sports goods retailer...

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