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UK: Sports Direct acquires majority stake in Yeomans Katie Smith | 2 Jul 13

UK retailer Sports Direct has acquired a majority stake in outdoor clothing and equipment business Yeomans for an undisclosed sum as it continues to add to its brand portfolio.


UK: Gelert rescued by Sports Direct acquisition Richard Woodard | 26 Jun 13

Camping and outdoor brand Gelert has been bought out of administration by retailer Sports Direct International.


UK: Sports Direct acquires two European sports retailers Petah Marian | 29 May 13

UK retailer Sports Direct is to acquire two European sporting goods retailers - Austria-based Sports Eybl & Sports Experts (EAG), as well as Sportland International Group (SIG) which is based in the Baltic region.


UK: Sports Direct posts continued sales growth Petah Marian | 24 Apr 13

UK retailer Sports Direct has continued to record growth, with sales increasing during February and March.


UK: Sports Direct to acquire Republic assets Petah Marian | 28 Feb 13

Sports Direct has reached an agreement to acquire 114 Republic stores after the youth fashion brand collapsed into administration earlier this month.


UK: Sports Direct set to reach FY targets after strong Q3 Petah Marian | 21 Feb 13

UK retailer Sports Direct has said it is confident of reaching its full year targets after posting better than expected third quarter sales.


UK: Interest grows in collapsed clothing chain Republic Katie Smith | 19 Feb 13

More than ten parties have expressed interest in buying the collapsed youth fashion retailer Republic less than a week after it was forced to call in the administrators and lay off 150 employees.


UK: JD Sports Fashion sales offset by "disappointing" Blacks Leonie Barrie | 10 Jan 13

Retailer JD Sports Fashion Plc expects full-year profit to come in at the low end of expectations after gains in its branded sportswear business continue to be offset by "significant" losses in its outdoor clothing stores.


UK: Olympics help Sports Direct to H1 profit hike Richard Woodard | 13 Dec 12

Retailer Sports Direct International recorded a 25% surge in first half pre-tax profits, boosted by strong growth in online sales and the success of Team GB at the Olympics and Paralympics.


UK: Mike Ashley eyes House of Fraser stake? Katie Smith | 26 Nov 12

House of Fraser has remained coy on reports Mike Ashley, founder of Sports Direct, is looking to acquire a stake in the department store retailer.


UK: Sports Direct sales boosted by Olympics and back-to-school Petah Marian | 24 Oct 12

UK retailer Sports Direct has seen sales increase 18% on the back of Olympic spending and an "excellent back-to-school period".


UK: 2,000 jobs go as JJB Sports falls into administration Katie Smith | 1 Oct 12

Around 2,200 jobs have been lost as troubled sportswear retailer JJB today (1 October) collapsed into administration after failing to restructure the business or find a buyer for it stores.


UK: Sports Direct to buy 60 JJB stores? Katie Smith | 27 Sep 12

UK sporting goods retailer Sports Direct is set to acquire 60 JJB stores in a move that will safeguard at least 1,000 jobs, according to reports.


UK: Office of Fair Trading may investigate JJB sale Petah Marian | 17 Sep 12

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.


UK: Sports Direct Q1 sales boosted by Olympics Petah Marian | 5 Sep 12

UK sporting goods retailer Sports Direct saw first-quarter sales boosted by the Olympics and deep price cuts.


UK: Sports Direct full-year profit soars 17.3% Petah Marian | 19 Jul 12

UK retailer Sports Direct today (19 July) saw full-year profit soar, driven by a rise in online sales.


Olympic Games to offer UK retail sales boost Katie Smith | 18 Jul 12

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.


UK: Sports Direct takes majority stake in Flannels Petah Marian | 13 Jul 12

UK sportswear retailer Sports Direct today (13 July) said it has acquired a 51% stake in luxury retail group Flannels.


UK/US: Sports Direct to bid for Umbro? Petah Marian | 4 Jun 12

UK retailer Sports Direct is expected to join the running for Umbro after the sportswear giant put the football wear brand up for sale last week.


UK: Sports Direct boosts earnings target on strong sales Petah Marian | 25 Apr 12

Strong sales at UK sportswear retailer Sports Direct have led it to raise its earnings targets and increase the size of a payout to founder Mike Ashley.


UK: Former JJB chief exec accused of GBP1m fraud Petah Marian | 5 Apr 12

The former chief executive of JJB Sports, Chris Ronnie, has been charged with a series of offences relating to an alleged GBP1m fraud, following an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.


Top stories on just-style this week... Katie Smith | 23 Mar 12

Top stories on just-style this week included Next posting a jump in full-year profits, news that PVH plans to commit $1m to improve garment factories in Bangladesh and Sports Direct buying World Design & Trade Co's Firetrap brand.


UK: Sports Direct snaps up Firetrap brand Katie Smith | 20 Mar 12

Retailer Sports Direct has acquired World Design & Trade Co's Firetrap brand, which collapsed into administration last week with the loss of 51 jobs.


UK: Sports Direct confident after strong Q3 Richard Woodard | 15 Feb 12

Retailer Sports Direct is “certain” to hit its full-year earnings target after a strong third quarter in which gross profit rose 10.2% and group sales increased 9.1%.


Top stories on just-style this week... Leonie Barrie | 20 Jan 12

Among the most-read stories on just-style this week was a report that Chinese clothing and textile manufacturers have instigated new wage rises, Limited Brands hit back at allegations child labour is used on farms in Burkina Faso that grow Fairtrade organic cotton used in Victoria's Secret garments, and 249 jobs were axed as value clothing retailer Peacocks went into administration.


UK: Sports Direct poised to net Hot Tuna Richard Woodard | 16 Jan 12

Sporting goods and retail company Sports Direct is poised to acquire the Hot Tuna surf fashion brand in a GBP950,000 (US$1.45m) deal.


UK: Sports Direct urges OFT probe after Blacks sale Richard Woodard | 10 Jan 12

Retailer Sports Direct has urged the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to investigate the outdoor and sports retail markets following the sale of Blacks Leisure to rival JD Sports.


UK: JD Sports confirms "advanced" Blacks talks Petah Marian | 9 Jan 12

JD Sports today (9 January) confirmed that it is in "advanced discussions" with struggling outdoor retailer Blacks Leisure about buying its assets.


UK: Blacks to enter administration as part of sale plans Petah Marian | 6 Jan 12

Blacks Leisure Group today (6 January) said that it plans to enter administration as part of plans to sell the business.


UK: Blacks Leisure says sale talks ongoing Leonie Barrie | 23 Dec 11

The UK's largest outdoor clothing and equipment retailer, Blacks Leisure Group Plc, today (23 December) said talks over the sale of the business are continuing, but that it does not expect an offer for its shares.

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