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UK: Blacks Leisure headed for pre-pack deal - reports Petah Marian | 19 Dec 11

Speculation over the future of the Blacks Leisure brand continues with reports over the weekend that potential buyers see a pre-pack administration as the only viable solution of the troubled retailer.


Top stories on just-style this week... Petah Marian | 16 Dec 11

Top stories on just-style this week included a mass fainting at a Cambodian garment factory, concerns over falling cotton demand and speculation around the future ownership of Blacks Leisure.


UK: Sports Direct abandons Blacks Leisure bid Petah Marian | 16 Dec 11

Sports Direct has revealed that it does not intend to pursue a bid for troubled outdoor retailer Blacks Leisure.


UK: Sports Direct on track as H1 profit holds steady Richard Woodard | 15 Dec 11

Retailer Sports Direct said it was on track to hit its full-year earnings target after underlying pre-tax profits held steady in the first half of the fiscal year.


UK: Sports Direct "registers interest" in Blacks Leisure Petah Marian | 13 Dec 11

Sports Direct, Go Outdoors and Mountain Warehouse have all registered interest in a takeover of troubled outdoor specialist Blacks Leisure.


UK: Sports Direct “on target” after Q2 growth Richard Woodard | 19 Oct 11

Retailer Sports Direct International said it was on target to reach its full-year earnings target after reporting double-digit increases in sales and gross profit for the first nine weeks of its second quarter.


just-style's research round-up Liz Hague | 19 Sep 11

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.


UK: Sports Direct “on target” despite Q1 profit dip Richard Woodard | 7 Sep 11

Retailer Sports Direct International today (7 September) insisted it was on track to hit its full-year targets despite recording a 5.7% dip in first quarter profits, with sales edging up only slightly.


UK: OFT to drop sports retail competition probe Leonie Barrie | 12 Aug 11

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is to drop its investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices in the sports retail sector, in a move that has been welcomed by Sports Direct.


UK: Blacks Leisure chairman resigns Katie Smith | 4 Aug 11

David Bernstein, chairman of outdoor clothing retailer Blacks Leisure Group is to step down from his position with immediate effect.


UK: Retail surge boosts Sports Direct FY profit just-style.com | 14 Jul 11

Retailer and brand owner Sports Direct boosted underlying full-year pre-tax profits by nearly a third, thanks to a double-digit sales rise in the 12 months to 24 April.


Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 8 Jul 11

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read articles on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.


UK: Sports Direct invests GBP7m in fashion firms Katie Smith | 6 Jul 11

UK sporting goods retailer Sports Direct International has bought a majority stake in two fashion firms - West Coast Capital (USC) and Cruise Clothing Ltd (Cruise) - in a deal worth GBP7.0m (US$11.2m).


UK: Sports Direct reports nine-week profit surge just-style.com | 21 Apr 11

UK sporting goods company Sports Direct International has posted higher profits over the past nine weeks, thanks to a double-digit sales rise.


The week ahead on just-style... just-style.com | 18 Apr 11

Taking a look at the week ahead for the footwear and apparel industry, here is a snapshot of just-style's latest news and insights agenda.


UK: Sports Direct agrees GBP22m loan as fraud probe ends just-style.com | 9 Mar 11

Sportswear retailer Sports Direct International Plc today (9 March) said it is in the clear after a probe by the Serious Fraud Office – and has secured GBP220m (US$357m) in refinancing.


UK: Sports Direct posts strong Q3 sales just-style.com | 18 Feb 11

UK sporting goods retailer Sports Direct International has posted a double-digit sales rise in the third quarter, saying performance remained strong even after Christmas.


In the money: JD lines up JJB offer Joe Ayling | 3 Feb 11

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.


UK: Sports Direct posts higher H1 earnings just-style.com | 16 Dec 10

Sports Direct, the UK's largest sporting goods retailer, has posted higher earnings for the first half of the year.


The week ahead on just-style... Joe Ayling | 13 Dec 10

Taking a look at the week ahead for the footwear and apparel industry, here is news editor Joe Ayling's snapshot of just-style's latest news and insights agenda.


UK: Sports Direct expects H1 sales hike just-style.com | 20 Oct 10

Retailer Sports Direct International posted a 5.4% increase in both sales and gross profit in the nine weeks to 26 September, with retail sales moving up 6.9% over the same period.


UK: Blacks shares soar on bid speculation just-style.com | 19 Oct 10

Shares in retailer Blacks Leisure Group soared by 25% today (19 October) after the company confirmed that it was in talks over a possible sale of the business.


UK: Sports retailers avoid fraud prosecution just-style.com | 19 Oct 10

Sporting goods retailers JJB Sports and Sports Direct International have escaped prosecution after a year-long investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO).


UK: Sports Direct posts profit despite England flop just-style.com | 7 Sep 10

UK sporting goods retailer Sports Direct grew sales and profits last quarter, despite the dismal performance of England's football team at this summer's FIFA World Cup.


The week ahead on just-style... just-style.com | 6 Sep 10

Taking a look at the week ahead for the footwear and apparel industry, here is news editor Joe Ayling's snapshot of just-style's latest news and insights agenda.


The week ahead on just-style... Joe Ayling | 26 Jul 10

Taking a look at the week ahead for the footwear and apparel industry, here is news editor Joe Ayling's snapshot of just-style's latest news and insights agenda.


UK: Sports Direct boosts FY profit 50% just-style.com | 22 Jul 10

UK sporting goods retailer Sports Direct increased profits by around 50% during the fiscal year, bolstered by stronger sales at home and abroad.


UK: World Cup has mixed impact on fashion sales just-style.com | 17 Jun 10

The UK high street is expected to see mixed fortunes from the nation's current interest in the World Cup tournament, according to the latest research.


UK: Blacks fundraising proposal accepted just-style.com | 20 May 10

Blacks Leisure Group has announced the acceptance of a proposal to raise approximately GBP19.7m (US$28.2m) by way of a share placement.


UK: OFT investigates Sports Direct stake in Blacks Joe Ayling | 18 May 10

The UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is looking into whether 'a relevant merger situation' has been created as a result of Sports Direct's minority interest in retailer Blacks Leisure Group.

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