Dicks leaves Sportingbet

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September 14: Peter Dicks has resigned as chairman of Sportingbet, a week after being charged with illegal internet gambling and immediately after being granted leave to return to the UK by a New York court. The hearing was supposed to have decided whether Dicks could be extradited to Louisiana. It was not immediately clear to our reporter in the courtroom why no decision on this had been reached: Dicks must return to New York for another hearing at the end of the month.

Elsewhere in the online gaming sector, the chief executive of 888 Holdings, John Anderson, is also stepping down. After seven years in charge he said something about it being time for fresh eyes to have a look etc. The group also published strong interim results.

There is a lot of interesting retail news around today, led by ONS figures showing a rise in the growth in non-store retail sales. This echoes figures today from John Lewis and GUS’s Argos. Problems at B&Q held back interim profits at Kingfisher.

We also have a bit of takeover action, with AWG, owner of Anglian Water, receiving an approach (we think we will be able to tell who from in tomorrow’s paper) and both Countrywide and Premier Foods confirming stories we ran in this morning’s paper.

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