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      Investors step up pressure on Sports Direct board

      Sports Direct has come under renewed pressure after some of the world’s biggest investors, controlling assets worth...

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      Glencore meanders back from near-death experience

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    3. August 22, 2016

      Investors signal revolt at Sports Direct

      Several investors in Sports Direct have signalled they are likely to vote against its chairman amid new scrutiny of...

    4. August 22, 2016

      Sports Direct pays Mike Ashley’s brother for overseas deliveries

      Sports Direct is paying some of its takings from website customers outside the UK to a little-known delivery broker...

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      August 18, 2016

      Sports Direct to publish working practices report next month

      Sports Direct, whose employment practices were compared to a “Victorian workhouse” by a committee of MPs last month,...

    6. August 15, 2016

      Sports Direct agrees to £1m in back pay for warehouse workers

      High street retailer Sports Direct has agreed to make an estimated £1m in back payments to employees after its...

    7. August 12, 2016

      MPs to broaden inquiry into retailers’ working conditions

      MPs investigating labour abuses at Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct group are set to summon other retailers, such as online...

    8. Fast FT

      July 29, 2016

      Mike Ashley fails in bid to become Findel chairman

      Findel, the UK company that offers the unusual mix of home shopping and educational materials for schools, will not...

    9. Fast FT

      July 28, 2016

      Sports Direct on track for biggest rise since '09 on buyback

      Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley may have had a tough time of it earlier this week, after MPs described working...

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      July 22, 2016

      FT Opening Quote: A bad week for Mike Ashley

      MPs lambast Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley, Heathrow’s Brexit boost and good news at Vodafone. FT Opening Quote is your...

    11. July 22, 2016

      MPs condemn Mike Ashley over ‘appalling’ working abuses

      MPs have lambasted Mike Ashley over labour abuses at Sports Direct, saying they found it “incredible” that the...

    12. July 22, 2016

      Sports Direct: The price for Mike Ashley’s privacy

      Amputated fingers, fractured hands, public humiliations over the tannoy, contracts promised for sexual favours and jobs...

    13. July 22, 2016

      ‘Victorian workhouse conditions’ at Sports Direct warehouse

      When MPs asked Mike Ashley about a “six strike” rule that allows Sports Direct managers power to dismiss workers at...

    14. July 8, 2016

      Sports Direct plumbs four-year low on currency concerns

      Sports Direct hit a four-year low on Friday on concerns that the company is losing the support of big sportswear...

    15. Fast FT

      July 8, 2016

      Consumer and financial stocks slide; indices choppy

      UK and European stocks look set for another choppy session, as the FTSE 250 drops 0.5 per cent at the open, dragged...

    16. July 7, 2016

      Brexit and sterling: burn, baby, burn

      Fetishism is always a temptation for Tory MPs. Their riskiest kink is for strong sterling, rather than peccadilloes...

    17. July 7, 2016

      Sports Direct shares see biggest rise since 2009

      Investors have rewarded Sports Direct’s “disappointing” results with its best day of trading in seven years, with...

    18. July 7, 2016

      Sports Direct profits hit by higher wage costs

      Staff at Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct will miss out on bonus payments potentially worth thousands of pounds each,...

    19. July 7, 2016

      UK companies reveal Brexit impact on earnings outlook

      The sharp fall in sterling is already feeding through to corporate earnings expectations, with some companies warning...

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      July 7, 2016

      Opening Quote: Rocky retail in the UK

      UK retailers, with some exceptions, have had a rocky start to the day, but The City can take solace in musical...

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      July 7, 2016

      FT Opening Quote: "Stayin' Alive" in UK retail

      It’s a rocky morning for UK retail, says City Editor Jonathan Guthrie in this morning’s city briefing. You can sign up...

    22. July 7, 2016

      Sports Direct shares jump despite currency hit

      Sports Direct led the FTSE 250 as markets opened, with shares up 16.2 per cent at 324p, despite the company predicting...

    23. Fast FT

      July 7, 2016

      Cider maker C&C sales boosted by weather, but hit by Brexit

      This time last year, Irish booze producer C&C warned on profits because of poor weather. This year, the unthinkable has...

    24. Fast FT

      July 7, 2016

      Sports Direct warns of significant hits from sterling and Brexit

      Sports Direct said the drop in sterling will have a “significant” impact on its margins in the next year and beyond,...

    25. July 3, 2016

      Week Ahead Corporate Diary: July 4 - July 8

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    26. July 1, 2016

      Mike Ashley closer to securing Findel board seat

      Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley has launched a second bid for board representation at Findel, the online and catalogue...

    27. Fast FT

      July 1, 2016

      Mike Ashley in bid to become Findel chairman

      Could Mike Ashley be about to increase his hold on Findel, the UK company that offers the unusual mix of home shopping...

    28. June 24, 2016

      Brexit vote batters UK stocks

      The FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 both came under heavy pressure early in the day as Britain’s decision to leave the EU rattled...

    29. FT Alphaville

      June 24, 2016

      Sports Direct warns investors about Brexit FX hit

      The uncertainty that the leave result brings may mean that consumer spending is tempered in the short term. This...

    30. June 16, 2016

      Business is as ethical as it has ever been

      You might have the impression from recent “my-oh-my” reports that we are witnessing a decline in ethics at the top of...

    31. June 16, 2016

      Board Briefing: Investor engagement should not be overlooked

      Research by Bank of America Merrill Lynch has shown that global fund managers are reducing their exposure to UK stocks...

    32. June 15, 2016

      Sir Philip Green gives robust defence of BHS ownership

      In a marathon parliamentary evidence session stretching nearly six hours on Wednesday, retail billionaire Sir Philip...

    33. Fast FT

      June 14, 2016

      Findel books more than £14m to compensate customers

      Findel, a UK company that offers the slightly odd mix of home shopping and educational material for schools and...

    34. June 13, 2016

      How to prepare for public hearings and advice for Philip Green

      A golden rule for executives at public hearings: never let yourself be pictured with a circus midget on your knee. That...

    35. June 12, 2016

      Ashley asks for fresh dialogue on BHS assets

      Retail tycoon Mike Ashley has opened a new front in the war of words surrounding the fate of BHS, claiming there is...

    36. June 8, 2016

      Sports Direct’s low prices may have a high cost

      If the British vote to leave the EU in two weeks’ time, it will partly be due to Mike Ashley and what he represents....

    37. June 7, 2016

      Hard times for Ashley as MPs put 21st century capitalism on trial

      This was no less than a trial of early 21st century capitalism. The jury and prosecutors were the MPs of the business...

    38. June 7, 2016

      Mike Ashley admits Sports Direct under HMRC investigation

      Mike Ashley, the controversial billionaire under fire for mistreating employees of his Sports Direct retail empire,...

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