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Debenhams struggles to shed promotional image

It could be some time before Debenhams returns to a quality proposition, analysts believe, despite the UK department store retailer revealin...

Analysts surprised at Tesco interest in Mothercare

Reports surfaced over the weekend that UK retail giant Tesco weighed up a bid for Mothercare around six months ago. The claims seem to have...


Office of Fair Trading may investigate JJB sale

Petah Marian | 17 Sep 2012

The UK's Office of Fair Trading is expected to investigate any attempt by Sports Direct to acquire 180 stores from rival JJB Sports, which is expected to file for administration this week, according to reports.


Olympic Games to offer UK retail sales boost

Katie Smith | 18 Jul 2012

UK retailers are hoping the London 2012 Olympics will contribute to a multi-million pound boost in sales. But will sportswear retailers be the only beneficiaries, or could value retailers expect to see some uplift too? Katie Smith reports.


just-style's research round-up

Liz Hague | 19 Sep 2011

Featured reports from just-style's research store include information on the clothing and footwear market in the Asia-Pacific region, the intimate apparel sector, and an in-depth look at whether retailers should be held responsible for pollution caused by their suppliers.


In the money: JD lines up JJB offer

Joe Ayling | 3 Feb 2011

It only takes a look back in time to see why JJB Sports is keen to discuss a takeover offer from rival JD Sports Fashion, after what has been a turbulent few years for the Wigan-based sporting goods retailer.

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Expansion boosts Sports Direct FY performance

Michelle Russell | 16 Jul 2015

UK retailer Sports Direct International has revealed strong full-year sales and earnings, despite poor weather and falling footfall, and driven by expansion in the UK and across Europe.


Sports Direct shares climb on improved outlook

Michelle Russell | 28 May 2015

UK retailer Sports Direct International saw its share price climb this morning (28 May) as it revealed full-year underlying pre-tax profit in line with market expectations.


Sports Direct signs Tony Hawk license deal

Michelle Russell | 8 Apr 2015

Cherokee Global Brands has entered into a new license agreement with Sports Direct International to launch a line of Tony Hawk athletic clothes and accessories for the European market.


Sports Direct profit up despite weak winter

Richard Woodard | 19 Feb 2015

Retailer Sports Direct International overcame a weak winter sports season for its Austrian subsidiary to post increases in gross profit and revenue for the three months to 25 January.


Sports Direct silent on lay-off investigation

Michelle Russell | 11 Feb 2015

Sports Direct International has remained tight-lipped over reports it is facing an investigation over the way 80 staff at its Scottish warehouse were made redundant when administrators were called in.


USC chain bought out of administration by Republic

Michelle Russell | 20 Jan 2015

Sports Direct International owner Mike Ashley has placed his USC apparel chain into administration and re-acquired it through his Republic clothing fascia.


Sports Direct silent on USC "store closures"

Michelle Russell | 9 Jan 2015

UK retailer Sports Direct International has remained tight lipped over reports it is planning to close up to a third of its loss-making USC fashion stores.


Sports Direct delivers "robust" H1

Michelle Russell | 11 Dec 2014

UK retailer Sports Direct International has delivered a robust performance in its first-half, analysts have said, with earnings up nearly 10%.


Pacific Brands divests brand and workwear units

Katie Smith | 1 Dec 2014

Australian retailer Pacific Brands has completed its divestments of the Brand Collective and Workwear businesses.


Pacific Brands divests Brand Collective for AUD39m

Katie Smith | 18 Nov 2014

Australian retailer Pacific Brands is to split and sell off its loss-making Brand Collective apparel and footwear business for AUD39m (US$34m).


Sports Direct raises interest in Debenhams

Michelle Russell | 7 Nov 2014

Sports Direct has raised its stake in UK department store retailer Debenhams, taking owner Mike Ashley's shareholding to 12.7%.


UK Primark supplier goes into administration

Michelle Russell | 30 Oct 2014

Value fashion retailer Primark says it stopped placing orders with one of its UK supplier that has since gone into administration.


Sports Direct takes Debenhams stake to 11.2%

Michelle Russell | 3 Oct 2014

Sports Direct has acquired a further 4.6% stake in UK department store retailer Debenhams.


Sports Direct makes bet on Tesco shares

Michelle Russell | 25 Sep 2014

UK retailer Sports Direct International has made a GBP43m (US$70.1) bet on shares in beleaguered retailer Tesco.


Sports Direct Q1 sales and profits rise

Katie Smith | 10 Sep 2014

UK retailer Sports Direct International has booked an increase in first-quarter sales and profit, despite a "disappointing" performance around the World Cup.


House of Fraser completes sale to Nanjing Cenbest

Katie Smith | 3 Sep 2014

The sale of UK department store retailer House of Fraser to the Shanghai-listed retail arm of Chinese conglomerate Sanpower Group for GBP480m (US$791.9m) has been completed.


Mothercare CFO takes Debenhams finance chief role

Michelle Russell | 28 Jul 2014

UK department store retailer Debenhams has appointed Mothercare CFO Matt Smith as its finance chief.


City hails Sports Direct's strong FY performance

Richard Woodard | 17 Jul 2014

Sports Direct's near 20% rise in full-year profit has been hailed as a strong performance by one analyst, who expects earnings growth to continue.


Sports Direct dismisses Office takeover talk

Katie Smith | 30 Jun 2014

Retailer Sports Direct International has said it is not considering an offer UK footwear chain Office following recent trade speculation.


Sports Direct on track to hit FY profit target

Katie Smith | 23 Apr 2014

UK retailer Sports Direct International says it is confident it will meet its full-year profit target, after booking a double-digit hike in fourth-quarter sales.


Sports Direct founder buys House of Fraser stake

Michelle Russell | 8 Apr 2014

Mike Ashley, the founder of retailer Sports Direct International, has acquired an 11% stake in department store group House of Fraser.


Ashley sells GBP223m Sports Direct stake

Michelle Russell | 8 Apr 2014

Mike Ashley, the founder of Sports Direct International, has sold a GBP223m (US$372.6m) stake in the sporting goods retailer.


700 jobs saved in Elverys management buyout

Katie Smith | 1 Apr 2014

Around 700 jobs have been saved as a result of a management buyout of Irish sportswear chain Elverys, which has been in examinership since February.


Sports Direct “confident” after 11% Q3 sales surge

Richard Woodard | 19 Feb 2014

Retailer Sports Direct International said it was on track to meet its full-year earnings forecast after seeing group sales rise 11.2% in the three months to 18 February.

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