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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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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A UK panel has ruled any approach by Sports Direct for outdoor clothing retailer Blacks Leisure Group must be put or withdrawn by 1 April.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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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 just-style.com | 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... just-style.com | 24 Jul 09

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UK: Sports Direct sends JJB letter to FSA - report just-style.com | 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... just-style.com | 17 Jul 09

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UK: Sports Direct's profit falls 91% in challenging year just-style.com | 16 Jul 09

Sporting goods retailer Sports Direct has posted a 91% slump in full-year pre-tax profit after being hit by the weak pound and investment write-offs.


Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 10 Jul 09

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UK: JJB Sports pledges support for CEO over GBP1.5m loan just-style.com | 7 Jul 09

Troubled UK sportswear retailer JJB Sports Plc has come out in support of its executive chairman Sir David Jones, after it was revealed at the weekend that he had received a GBP1.5m loan from Mike Ashley, the owner of arch rival Sports Direct.

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