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Michelle Russell | 20 Jan 2014

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 taken industry observers by surprise given Tesco's focus on sweating its existing assets and improving capital discipline. Some believe it more likely that any potential tie-up would see the supermarket chain strike a deal to sell the baby goods in its stores.


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.


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.


Liz Hague | 19 Sep 2011

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Michelle Russell | 24 Apr 2017

Sports Direct International is looking to grow is presence in the US with the acquisition of two US retail chains, Bob's Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports.


Beth Wright | 4 Apr 2017

UK retailer Sports Direct has completed the sale of its Dunlop sports brand to a Japanese buyer for US$137.5m.


Michelle Russell | 3 Apr 2017

UK sportswear retailer Sports Direct International has increased its stake in British department store group Debenhams.


Beth Wright | 3 Jan 2017

UK retailer Sports Direct has revealed it is to sell its Dunlop sports brand to a Japanese buyer for US$137.5m.


Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 2016

UK retailer Sports Direct has issued a warning for the year ahead after booking a drop in first-half earnings as a result of property investment costs and a reduction in assets.


Michelle Russell | 13 Oct 2016

Matt Pearson, the acting finance chief of Sports Direct, has become the second senior executive to resign in the last few months following the announcement of CEO Dave Forsey's departure just weeks ago. 


With the holiday season done and dusted, UK apparel and footwear retailers are counting the cost. In the most recent Christmas trading reports, JD Sports, SuperGroup, Fat Face and Debenhams saw sales rise over the all-important trading period, while Tesco and Matalan recorded a decline in revenue. Sainsbury's posted an increase in clothing sales, Shop Direct delivered "record breaking" results, and Ted Baker enjoyed a "good retail performance". 


Katie Smith | 13 Jan 2016

UK retailer Sports Direct has has increased its stake in US brand management company Iconix Brand Group and bought a stake in Dick's Sporting Goods as part of its long-term strategy. 


Katie Smith | 11 Jan 2016

UK retailer Sports Direct has cut its full-year profit guidance after mild weather hampered Christmas sales. 


Katie Smith | 10 Dec 2015

UK retailer Sports Direct has delivered a "stable" first-half performance, according to one analyst, with a double-digit profit increase as well as sales and margin improvements. 


Michelle Russell | 7 Oct 2015

Sports Direct has entered into a EUR47.5m (US$53.4m) agreement to purchase a majority stake in Warrnambool, the parent company of Irish retailer Heatons, and acquire the remaining shares it does not own in the retailer.


Katie Smith | 9 Sep 2015

UK retailer Sports Direct has said trading in the new financial year has continued to be in line with management expectations.


Katie Smith | 8 Sep 2015

UK retailer Sports Direct is remaining silent after shareholder Royal London Asset Management revealed it will vote against owner Mike Ashley's re-election to the board as deputy chairman.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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