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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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,...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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....

  16. 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,...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. January 16, 2014

    Ashley’s reshuffle baffles Debenhams

    As the founder of a sportswear chain and the owner of a football club, Mike Ashley, who controls Sports Direct, is no...

  20. January 16, 2014

    Sports Direct offloads Debenhams stake

    Sports Direct, the retailer controlled by billionaire Mike Ashley, has made about £5m by selling a nearly 5 per cent stake...

  21. January 16, 2014

    Sports Direct to tap Jeff Blue’s knowledge of retail struggles

    If there is one thing investors can bank on with Jeff Blue, it is that he knows the downside of retail deals. As Sports...

  22. January 16, 2014

    Floundering pilot fish made EE the one that got away

    The recriminations start here. EE has canned immediate plans to float in London. The UK’s biggest mobile operator,...

  23. January 16, 2014

    Sports Direct swaps Debenhams shares for options

    Sports Direct has entered into an option contract that would potentially allow the Mike Ashley-controlled retailer to take a...

  24. January 15, 2014

    Ashley may push for celebrity-sponsored sportswear in Debenhams

    Mike Ashley, the billionaire retailer who controls Sports Direct, is eyeing injecting celebrity-sponsored sportswear ranges...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. January 13, 2014

    Ashley could give Debenhams the shake-up it needs

    Michael Sharp, chief executive of Debenhams, will have to add a fifth pillar to his ho-hum “four pillar” strategy: keeping...

  28. FT Alphaville

    January 13, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Dividends and buy-backs mean the US stock market is fairly valued, Dan finds. NEWS...

  29. 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...

  30. December 12, 2013

    Sports Direct in kit battle with Adidas

    Sports Direct has become embroiled in a fight with Adidas after the German sportswear group banned the retailer from selling...

  31. October 25, 2013

    Debenhams falls 9% on retail warning

    Shares in Debenhams slumped almost 9 per cent after the department store warned not to expect an upturn in consumer spending...

  32. October 24, 2013

    Retailers lag behind FTSE after weaker results

    Retail stocks were weaker in London on Thursday after the UK’s biggest department store chain reported lower annual profits...

  33. September 11, 2013

    Premium sales help Sports Direct lift profit 23%

    Back in July 2007, when Mike Ashley was battling to convince a sceptical City of the merits of investing in Sports Direct,...

  34. July 29, 2013

    Unite tackles Sports Direct over treatment of staff

    Unite, Britain’s biggest union, is demanding an urgent meeting with Mike Ashley, the billionaire founder of Sports Direct,...

  35. July 18, 2013

    Sports Direct reserves dividends for staff not investors

    Mike Ashley is not the embodiment of caring, sharing capitalism that central casting would have sent. Nor do politicians...

  36. July 18, 2013

    Sports Direct staff set to share £135m bonus as profits rise 40%

    Big bonuses have long been a staple in the City, but they aren’t normally handed out to those selling polyester T-shirts on...

  37. June 27, 2013

    Sports Direct in talks with Tesco over sharing space

    Sports Direct, the retailer controlled by Mike Ashley, is in advanced talks to take excess space in some of Tesco’s biggest...

  38. 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...

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