A decision over management changes at the top of the UK's largest sports goods retailer, JJB Sports, is imminent, a company spokesman said today. A board meeting of the company, currently riding high with both turnover and operating profits up, was held yesterday.

An announcement is expected shortly over changes at the top of the company which is benefiting from a growing leisure market.

The Association of British Insurers recently wrote to more than 20 companies where one person has control, following controversy at Tomkins over the conduct of Greg Hutchings, its former chief executive. It made particular reference to big retailers, including JJB.

But a spokesman for JJB told just-style that this was not the reason why changes at the top are likely.

"JJB is doing exceptionally well as a retailer in the current climate. The corporate governance issue is just part of the reason why there may be changes," said the spokesman.

"The company has been looking at making changes for a while. A final decision on management changes is imminent."

Turnover was up by 13 per cent and operating profit increased by 21 per cent in the first six months of this year.

In the same period, JJB also opened 13 new stores and closed 27, mainly smaller high street stores, following the company's policy of closing small, uneconomic stores and relocating to larger superstores.

It also opened a second distribution centre in Northampton and created a leisure division, made up of three health clubs and three soccer domes, including superstores.

Executive chairman, David Whelan, said at the time: "Although trading conditions on the high street are still challenging, I am confident that our superstore opening policy and providing a wide range of quality branded sports goods at value-for-money prices will enable us to continue our growth and I look forward to the future with confidence."

By Deborah Bowyer