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    1. October 12, 2014

      Rangers and Daniel Stewart show risks of junior market

      It is hard to know which company is closer to omnishambles – Rangers International Football Club or Daniel Stewart...

    2. October 8, 2014

      Mike Ashley calls for removal of Rangers directors

      Mike Ashley has called for the two most senior executives of Rangers International Football Club to be removed as directors...

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    1. 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...

    2. September 26, 2014

      Sports Direct leads FTSE 100 lower

      A rally in the mining sector and modest gains for banks were not a strong enough tonic to keep the FTSE 100 in positive...

    3. 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...

    4. September 25, 2014

      Sports Direct: small time gambler

      Sports Direct has been very naughty. The UK sports retailer has sold a put option on 23m Tesco shares to Goldman Sachs. If...

    5. September 25, 2014

      Mike Ashley’s yen for puts

      It seems unlikely that Warren Buffett would have stripped to Tom Jones’ ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’ in a Chinese restaurant...

    6. 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...

    7. FT Alphaville

      September 25, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Ukraine — call the sovereign debt cops: Joseph directs us to an announcement by the...

    8. September 25, 2014

      Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley takes bet on Tesco with options deal

      Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has made a dramatic intervention in the turmoil surrounding Tesco, taking a bet that shares in...

    9. September 15, 2014

      MySale continues European expansion with Danish stake acquisition

      MySale, the online retailer backed by Topshop boss Sir Philip Green and Mike Ashley of Sports Direct, is continuing its...

    10. September 10, 2014

      Sales pace slows at Sports Direct

      Sports Direct, the sports retailer controlled by billionaire Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, has posted a mixed trading...

    11. August 19, 2014

      Dick’s dropped in bunker by US golf slump

      A slump in the number of Americans playing golf forced sports retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods to announce $20.4m of pre-tax...

    12. July 17, 2014

      Sports Direct full-year profit climbs 16% to record £239m

      Sports Direct could be near a breakthrough in its stand-off with Adidas, the retailer indicated on Thursday as it announced...

    13. July 16, 2014

      FirstGroup CEO pay packet irks a third of its shareholders

      A third of shareholders voting at FirstGroup’s annual general meeting on Wednesday refused to back a pay packet for its...

    14. July 16, 2014

      Mike Ashley gives City institutions a right royal salute

      Mike Ashley’s grand gesture in giving up his share of Sports Direct’s executive bonus scheme is as enigmatic as the man. It...

    15. July 16, 2014

      Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley walks away from bonus scheme

      Mike Ashley has pulled out of a contentious bonus scheme that gained the approval of Sports Direct shareholders just two...

    16. Business Blog

      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,...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. April 23, 2014

      Saga to set sail leaving AA to make roadside repairs

      Saga, the financial services and travel group focused on cruise-loving over-fifties, has lived up to its name in its voyage...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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,...

    38. 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...

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