Mike Ashley founded Sports Direct in 1982 and has built it into Britain’s biggest and most successful sports retailing chain. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

When you’re already one of Britain’s richest men, with an estimated fortune of almost £4 billion, what motivates you? In the case of Mike Ashley, the (...)

Britain’s Sports Direct has convened a shareholder meeting to try to win backing for a new bonus scheme that would reward the company’s founder Mike A(...)

Sanpower chairman Yuan Yafei said he would open a flagship “Oriental Fraser” store in Nanjing next year, four franchise stores in Russia and two in Abu Dhabi over the next two to three years. Photograph: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Sanpower chairman Yuan Yafei plans to bring House of Fraser to Russia and the Middle East following his company’s takeover of the UK department store (...)

It’s far from clear what Mike Ashley’s plans are for the 11 per cent stake he now owns in House of Fraser

What is Mike Ashley up to? First, in a move that caught the City on the hop, he gate-crashed the Chinese takeover of House of Fraser, snapping (...)

Gerry Gannon:  returning to build new homes for the first time since the market crashed in 2008.

Three of Ireland’s biggest Celtic Tiger-era property developers are returning to build new homes for the first time since the market crashed in(...)

Elvery’s has 55 outlets across the country. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

A team led by chief executive Patrick Rowland has emerged victorious in the race to take control of beleagured sports chain, Elvery Sports, beating(...)

Bids for sports shop chain Elverys include one from its management, headed by managing director Peter Rowland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The management of sports shop chain Elverys looks most likely to win a battle to buy it out of examinership, according to w(...)

 Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: has already been fined €120,000 by his club and issued with a formal warning. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Alan Pardew has been charged by the Football Association with improper conduct and faces a record touchline ban which may extend to a(...)

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Dragon Oil lifts Iseq index higher

European shares were little changed today, having retreated earlier in the day as steel pipe makers Tenaris and Vallourec slid 4.5 per cent aft(...)

Mike Ashley recently let it be known that Sports Direct, the company he controls, had offered 25 per cent more for Elverys. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

UK retailer Sports Direct, which has been seeking to be allowed into the bidding process for the Elverys Sports chain, saw shares rise sharply (...)