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JD Sports ends year with sales growth

13 April 2021 | Beth Wright

Sports retail giant JD Sports Fashion Plc has emerged from a year of disruption in a position of sales growth, one analyst says, with revenues for the year up GBP56.5m (US$77.8m) on the previous twelve months. ... read more


JD Sports completes US$495m DTLR Villa purchase

18 March 2021 | Beth Wright

Sports retail giant JD Sports Fashion Plc has completed its US$495m acquisition of US athletic footwear and apparel streetwear retailer DTLR Villa in a move that extends its presence in the north and east of the United States.... read more


JD Sports expands European footprint with MIG

12 March 2021 | Beth Wright

Sports retail giant JD Sports Fashion Plc has struck a deal to acquire a 60% stake in Poland's Marketing Investment Group (MIG), which sells a range of sports fashion footwear and apparel from leading global brands, primarily under the Sizeer and 50 Style fascias.... read more


JD Sports share placing adds firepower for more M&A

4 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Sports retail giant JD Sports has raised GBP464m (US$634m) in its latest share placing to support future acquisition opportunities.... read more


JD Sports on acquisition spree with DTLR Villa buy

1 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

JD Sports Fashion Plc has made its third acquisition in just over a month with the purchase of US athletic footwear and apparel streetwear retailer DTLR Villa.... read more


JD Sports explores funding options to fuel expansion

26 January 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

UK sports retailer JD Sports has confirmed it is exploring additional funding options to allow it to invest in future strategic opportunities, as reports surfaced it is in talks for a GBP400m (US$547.9m) share sale as it eyes further expansion opportunities.... read more


Pentland Brands hires first "positive business" director

21 January 2021 | Beth Wright

Pentland Brands has appointed its first positive business director to drive the company's strategy to deliver on its commitment to take action for people and the planet. ... read more


JD Sports continues to prosper through heightened restrictions

11 January 2021 | Beth Wright

JD Sports Fashion Plc says it is confident group headline profit before tax for the full year will be significantly ahead of current market expectations and total at least GBP400m (U$539.6m).... read more


Debenhams to begin wind-down of UK operations

1 December 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK department store chain Debenhams is to begin a wind-down of its operations after JD Sports Fashion, Britain's largest sportswear retailer, ended rescue talks this week and administrators failed to find an alternative buyer for the business.... read more


JD Sports eyeing Debenhams takeover?

24 November 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Department store group Debenhams is reportedly in exclusive talks with JD Sports Fashion, Britain's largest sportswear retailer, about a rescue deal that could secure the jobs of thousands of retail workers.... read more


JD Sports granted new hope for Footasylum takeover

13 November 2020 | Beth Wright

A decision by the UK competition watchdog to block the proposed takeover of Footasylum by JD Sports Fashion, Britain's largest sportswear retailer, has been quashed by the Competition Appeal Tribunal.... read more


Pentland Brands names new brand boss for Canterbury and Mitre

13 October 2020 | Beth Wright

Pentland Brands has named Jodie Soussan as the new global brand director for its Canterbury and Mitre brands in the latest of a series of management changes.... read more


Pentland Brands appoints new CEO in management reshuffle

9 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Pentland Brands has made a number of management changes, including the appointment of Chirag Patel as chief executive officer.... read more


Weak footfall and shift to online weighs on JD Sports H1

8 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

JD Sports saw both earnings and sales slide in its first half as weak footfall and additional costs associated with a shift in revenues to online channels during temporary store closures weighed on results.... read more


JD Sports fined over breach of order in Footasylum case

5 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

JD Sports Fashion and its largest shareholder Pentland Group have been fined by the UK Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) for breaching an order related to its acquisition of Footasylum.... read more


JD Sports grows FY profits but warns on future viability

7 July 2020 | Michelle Russell

JD Sports Fashion Plc saw earnings and sales grow in its last financial year but has warned the future viability of the business is uncertain due to the pandemic and has called for "realism" on rents and leases as the coronavirus continues to impact trading.... read more


JD Sports buys back Go Outdoors after administration

24 June 2020 | Beth Wright

JD Sports Fashion Plc has re-acquired the Go Outdoors business in a GBP56.5m (US$70.7m) pre-pack deal after placing the specialist camping division into administration.... read more


JD Sports readies administrators for Go Outdoors

22 June 2020 | Beth Wright

JD Sports Fashion Plc has filed a notice to appoint administrators to its specialist camping division Go Outdoors.... read more


Competition watchdog blocks JD Sports takeover of Footasylum

6 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The UK competition watchdog has blocked JD Sports Fashion Plc's proposed takeover of Footasylum saying it would lead to "substantial lessening of competition nationally" and leave shoppers with fewer discounts or lower quality customer service.... read more


Global retail staff and salary reductions amid Covid-19 – Update

1 May 2020 | just-style

As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the apparel and footwear industry, brands and retailers are moving from store closures to worker lay-offs or furloughs, as well as executive pay cuts. Here are the latest:... read more


Gerson to return to Pentland Group as president of Speedo North America

30 April 2020 | Beth Wright

Jim Gerson is to return to Pentland Group as president of Speedo North America following the US$170m acquisition of the business from PVH Corp last month. ... read more


Global retail closures as coronavirus spreads – Update

15 April 2020 | just-style

A raft of apparel and footwear brands and retailers including Next Plc, Primark, H&M, Nike and Gap Inc, are temporarily closing stores and suspending online operations as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. ... read more


JD Sports delays results on Covid-19 uncertainty

24 March 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Sportswear retailer JD Sports has said it is weighing up a number of options to preserve capital across all aspects of its business after its shops were closed this morning (24 March), following a UK government directive.... read more


Footasylum urges competition watchdog to reconsider decision on JD merger

18 March 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Footasylum has urged the UK competition watchdog to reconsider its decision to block a merger with rival JD Sports.... read more


JD Sports slams Footasylum merger findings as "flawed"

11 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

JD Sports says the provisional findings of the UK competition watchdog's probe into its acquisition of rival Footasylum are "fundamentally flawed" and demonstrate "a complete misunderstanding" of the market.... read more


JD Sports confident on FY amid positive Christmas trading

13 January 2020 | Beth Wright

JD Sports Fashion remains confident its annual pre-tax profits will be in the upper range of current market expectations after a positive Christmas trading period.... read more


Pentland Brands strengthens Berghaus product team

18 December 2019 | Michelle Russell

Pentland Brands has appointed former Nike and Columbia Sportswear executive Paul Anderton as head of category for product innovation for the Berghaus brand.... read more


JD Sports to "fully cooperate" with competition watchdog on merger probe

1 October 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

JD Sports says it will continue to "co-operate fully" with the competition watchdog's probe into its acquisition of rival Footasylum, which the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) says could result in a worse deal for customers, both in-store and online. ... read more


Sports Direct worries over JD Sports probe impact on major brands

24 September 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Sports Direct has criticised the competition watchdog's probe into the proposed takeover of JD Sports by rival Footasylum, saying it could have implications for the sector's major players, particularly their relationships with "must-have" brands.... read more


JD Sports' Footasylum bid raises competition concerns

19 September 2019 | Beth Wright

The early findings of an investigation by UK Government watchdog the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into JD Sports' proposed takeover of competitor Footasylum has raised concerns that the merger could result in a worse deal for customers, both in-store and online.... read more


Speedo trials augmented reality in sportswear

11 September 2019 | Beth Wright

UK-based Pentland Brands, one of the world's largest sports, outdoor and fashion companies, has trialled a new augmented reality (AR) fit technology that it says could be applied to any footwear, apparel or accessories that are custom-fitted.... read more


JD Sports Fashion reports 47% surge in H1 sales

10 September 2019 | Beth Wright

JD Sports Fashion Plc has hailed "another period of significant progress" as group revenue surged by more than 47% in the first half of the year, boosted by the acquisition of Finish Line in the US.... read more


UK competition watchdog launches probe into JD Sports, Footasylum merger

29 July 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The UK competition watchdog has launched a probe into JD Sports' proposed a takeover of rival Footasylum.... read more


JD Sports on track for another year of good growth

3 July 2019 | Beth Wright

UK-based retailer JD Sports Fashion says it is on-track to deliver another year of good growth in revenues and earnings after delivering record 12-month results last year.... read more


Pentland Brands launches ethical trade app to tackle modern slavery

18 June 2019 | Beth Wright

UK-based Pentland Brands, one of the world's largest sports, outdoor and fashion companies, has launched a new app to help people throughout its supply chain spot potential ethical trade issues.... read more


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