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UK: World Cup has mixed impact on fashion sales | 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 | 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.

UK: Blacks renews share plan, posts loss Joe Ayling | 30 Apr 10

Outdoor clothing retailer Blacks Leisure has re-launched a plan to raise GBP19.7m by share placement, after it was postponed in February.

UK: VF buys 5% Blacks Leisure stake | 23 Apr 10

US clothing brand group VF Corporation has snapped up 5% of embattled UK retailer Blacks Leisure Group.

UK: Blacks turns to fundraising as Sports Direct bid ends Simon Warburton | 1 Apr 10

Blacks Leisure Group says it will now pursue existing fundraising efforts for its ongoing turnaround plan following the collapse of a bid by its Sports Direct rival.

UK: Sports Direct may up Blacks offer | 29 Mar 10

Outdoor retailer Blacks Leisure Group today (29 March) said it is "giving serious consideration" to an improved takeover offer from rival Sports Direct - but also raised concerns that some key Blacks suppliers would boycott the firm if it was owned by the discounter.

UK: Blacks snubs Sports Direct bid | 19 Mar 10

Outdoor retailer Blacks Leisure Group has rejected a takeover offer from rival Sports Direct, describing the GBP26.4m (US$40m) bid as “wholly inadequate”.

UK: Sports Direct given April deadline for Blacks decision | 19 Mar 10

A UK panel has ruled any approach by Sports Direct for outdoor clothing retailer Blacks Leisure Group must be put or withdrawn by 1 April.

UK: Sports Direct cleared for store purchases | 16 Mar 10

The UK's Competition Commission (CC) has formally cleared the acquisition by Sports Direct of 31 stores from rival JJB Sports plc (JJB) following an inquiry.

UK: Blacks continues restructuring amid takeover talk Joe Ayling | 8 Mar 10

Outdoor apparel retailer Blacks Leisure Group said it has not yet received a concrete takeover offer from leading shareholder Sports Direct.

UK: Sports Direct mulls bid for Blacks | 2 Mar 10

Retailer Sports Direct is considering a bid to take over struggling rival Blacks Leisure, the company announced today (2 March).

UK: Blacks share issue under threat | 24 Feb 10

Beleaguered retailer Blacks Leisure has seen a proposed GBP20m (US$31m) share issue put under threat after its leading shareholder threatened to block the deal.

UK: Sports Direct eyes Blacks Leisure stake | 22 Feb 10

Sporting goods retailer Sports Direct is looking to acquire an additional stake in outdoor apparel company Blacks Leisure Group, and said it intends to vote against resolutions at a forthcoming general meeting if it does.

UK: Sports Direct ups outlook as probe OKs store deal | 11 Feb 10

Retailer Sports Direct International Plc today (11 February) raised its full-year profits guidance for the second time in two months and said the Competition Commission has provisionally cleared its acquisition of 31 stores from rival JJB Sports.

UK: Blacks Leisure CVAs become effective | 22 Dec 09

Outdoor wear retailer Blacks Leisure Group has announced that the statutory challenge period for its company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) has now expired and they have become effective.

INSIGHT: Sports Direct eyes World Cup glory Richard Woodard | 10 Dec 09

Pinning your hopes on the success of the England football team can be a soul-destroying business, as any long-suffering fan will tell you. So it’s as well that the success of retailer Sports Direct International is built on more than the penalty-taking prowess of Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard and co.

UK: Sports Direct raises FY guidance on buoyant H1 | 10 Dec 09

Retail group Sports Direct International raised its full-year earnings guidance after posting a 39% hike in underlying first half pre-tax profit to GBP71.9m (US$117.1m).

UK: Sports Direct appoints new non-executive chairman | 25 Nov 09

UK sporting goods retailer Sports Direct International has announced the appointment of Dr Keith Hellawell QPM as non-executive chairman of its board with immediate effect.

UK: Court to rule on Sports Direct stakes in retailers | 28 Oct 09

A row between Sports Direct and a collapsed bank’s administrators over the ownership of stakes in two retailers is set to end up in court.

UK: Sports Direct and JJB face competition probe | 10 Sep 09

UK sporting goods chains Sports Direct International and JJB Sports both received visits from investigators today (10 September), probing a suspected agreement to dampen competition in the sports retail market.

UK: Sports Direct sees "negligible" Newcastle boycott effect | 10 Sep 09

UK sporting goods retailer Sports Direct International has seen a "negligible" effect from the proposed customer boycott of its stores by Newcastle United supporters.

UK: Sports Direct lifts FY forecast on strong Q1 | 9 Sep 09

Sports Direct International Plc, the UK's leading sporting goods retailer, has lifted its full-year earnings forecast after first-quarter results were better than expected.

UK: OFT refers Sports Direct case to Competition Commission | 7 Aug 09

The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred retailer Sports Direct International's acquisition of 31 stores from JJB Sports to the Competition Commission.

Spotlight on... JJB Sports | 31 Jul 09

Forget Coronation Street, the UK's North West is home to a new soap opera with a plot far more gripping than anything on TV.

UK: JJB and Sports Direct lock horns in Wigan | 24 Jul 09

A war of words has broken out between leading UK sportswear chains JJB Sports and Sports Direct International.

UK: JJB Sports H1 sales fall 40% on low stock levels | 24 Jul 09

Troubled sportswear retailer JJB Sports today (24 July) said a 40% drop in first-half sales was in line with expectations, but that it expects performance to improve by the end of the year.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 24 Jul 09

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

UK: Sports Direct sends JJB letter to FSA - report | 20 Jul 09

UK sportswear retailer Sports Direct has reportedly given the Financial Service Authority written notice of the well-publicised GBP1.5m loan its owner Mike Ashley gave to JJB Sports chairman Dave Jones.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 17 Jul 09

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








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