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  1. July 3, 2014

    Expansion plans lift online grocer Ocado

    Once again, the short sellers are being burnt by Ocado. A short squeeze helped pull Ocado to a six-month high on Thursday,...

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    July 2, 2014

    Sports Direct and Mike Ashley: it's not (just) about the money

    What puzzles me about Sports Direct’s campaign to pay founder Mike Ashley a bonus – which finally succeeded on Wednesday,...

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  1. July 2, 2014

    Mike Ashley bonus approved at Sports Direct meeting

    After two previous shareholder rebellions, Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley struck third-time lucky on Wednesday when...

  2. July 2, 2014

    Mike Ashley bonus railroaded round the City

    Third time lucky. Shareholders have finally agreed a bonus scheme for Mike Ashley, founder and executive deputy chairman of...

  3. June 30, 2014

    Tax windfall pushes Shire shares to top of FTSE 100

    Shares in Shire were at the top of a steady FTSE 100 on Monday after the drugmaker pledged to use receipts of a substantial...

  4. June 26, 2014

    JD Sports investors show displeasure at executive pay

    Shareholders in JD Sports marked their displeasure over executive pay at the retailer after its executive chairman’s pay...

  5. June 20, 2014

    ABI urges investors to reject Sports Direct bonus scheme

    The Association of British Insurers is publicly calling on investors to reject the latest bonus scheme proposed by Sports...

  6. 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...

  7. June 18, 2014

    Ashley follows Green into MySale online business

    Mike Ashley has muscled in alongside Sir Philip Green to become a shareholder of Australian online business MySale, picking...

  8. June 9, 2014

    Sports Direct: time to share

    If nothing else, you have to admire the perseverance. UK-based retailer Sports Direct is desperate to give a huge number of...

  9. FT Alphaville

    June 9, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Cardiff has a look at the global recovery for goods. David ponders the post...

  10. June 9, 2014

    Sports Direct lines up new bonus plan for Ashley and employees

    Sports Direct is risking another fight with the City after the sports retailer unveiled a new bonus plan for its founder...

  11. June 6, 2014

    World Cup fever afflicts brokers

    Ahead of the first matches in the World Cup next week, the financial services industry has been busy churning out lists of...

  12. June 5, 2014

    Viking raider is free to return to the high street

    Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson was the Viking raider extraordinaire. An Icelander with long, shaggy hair, he snapped up scores of UK...

  13. June 4, 2014

    Bargain hunt advice boosts Sports Direct

    In a market devoid of inspiration, Sports Direct was among Wednesday’s biggest gainers after Exane BNP Paribas advised...

  14. 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...

  15. April 23, 2014

    Sports Direct considers fresh incentive scheme

    Mike Ashley, the controversial founder of Sports Direct, has thrown down the gauntlet to institutional investors, who...

  16. April 15, 2014

    Sanpower prepares to take House of Fraser into Asia

    Sanpower will pay £155m to take control of House of Fraser, the Chinese conglomerate said as it prepares to take the...

  17. April 14, 2014

    Sports Direct to sell online using credit

    Sports Direct, the sportswear retailer controlled by Mike Ashley, is poised to begin selling on credit via its website, as...

  18. April 14, 2014

    Bigger, better brands

    Lonsdale is not usually mentioned in the same breath as Gucci or Burberry. But a few years ago, Sports Direct’s best-known...

  19. April 14, 2014

    How Sports Direct won a place in the premier league of retail

    Sports Direct has no official outpost in Verbier. But most weeks in winter, Mike Ashley, the sporting goods retailer’s...

  20. April 11, 2014

    Boardroom trades April 12

    Mike Ashley inflicted pain on shareholders of Sports Direct this week in what looked to some like sour grapes for their...

  21. April 8, 2014

    Sports Direct: Mike’s revenge?

    “You want to reject my executive share plan? Fine. Look at what I’ll do to your share price.” There is no evidence that Mike...

  22. April 8, 2014

    Sports Direct shares hit after Mike Ashley sells £200m stake

    Shares in Sports Direct closed more than 9 per cent lower after owner Mike Ashley sold £200m worth of shares. The sale by Mr...

  23. April 8, 2014

    Tech rally fails to lift Europe’s bourses

    European markets were flat to lower on Tuesday, but many of the technology stocks that got caught up in a sector-wide...

  24. April 7, 2014

    Hunter stays focused on philanthropy

    Sir Tom Hunter’s decision to sell his 11 per cent stake in House of Fraser to Mike Ashley brought the Scottish entrepreneur...

  25. April 7, 2014

    Ashley cuts stake in Sports Direct by £200m

    Mike Ashley is selling £200m-worth of shares in Sports Direct, the sportswear retailer he controls, just days after snapping...

  26. April 7, 2014

    Maverick retailer Ashley gatecrashes Chinese tycoon’s party

    A Chinese tycoon, a Scottish philanthropist, and a maverick retailer and football club owner. The fate of House of Fraser,...

  27. April 6, 2014

    Hunter sells House of Fraser stake to Ashley

    Sir Tom Hunter sold his 11 per cent stake in House of Fraser to Mike Ashley in a sign of the Scottish entrepreneur’s...

  28. 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...

  29. April 2, 2014

    Sports Direct’s super stretch plan rebounds on Ashley

    Don’t come on court if you won’t play by the rules. That is the stinging rebuke the City has delivered to former squash...

  30. 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...

  31. FT Alphaville

    March 11, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE David has a look at what default in China actually means, and it has more to do with...

  32. March 11, 2014

    Grim up north for Co-op boss

    The resignation of chief executive Euan Sutherland deals a dangerous blow to the Co-operative Group. Such shocks have been...

  33. March 11, 2014

    Mike Ashley in line for £65m share award from Sports Direct

    Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley will be awarded share options worth £67m under a bonus scheme proposed by the retailer....

  34. 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,...

  35. February 19, 2014

    European stocks dip as banks fall

    Europe’s main equities indices slipped back in early trade on Wednesday, but losses were marginal and the leaders were...

  36. 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...

  37. February 11, 2014

    UK retailers top FTSE after January sales

    European equities opened higher on Tuesday, with London’s indices boosted by strong overnight retail sales figures. The FTSE...

  38. 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...

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