Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has expanded his empire with a flurry of deals, from House of Fraser and a disastrous investment in Debenhams to Evans Cycles, Sofa.com and Game Digital. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

It’s hard to shake off the feeling that Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct empire is finally careering out of control, derailed by a bewildering stream of il(...)

Sports Direct’s core chain has been a relatively resilient performer in recent years compared with a string of British retailers who have collapsed. Photograph: Reuters

Retailer Sports Direct has delayed publishing its annual results, warning that problems integrating its purchase of House of Fraser stores and increas(...)

House of Fraser in Dundrum reported sales of some €7.2 million in the 73-day period of August 10th-October 23rd, 2018

Shoppers didn’t desert the Dundrum outlet of House of Fraser when it fell into administration last year, with new documents showing that the store rem(...)

Debenhams said: “The board has been engaging with Sports Direct and our other stakeholders and is disappointed that Sports Direct has taken this action.” Photograph: Reuters

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley is attempting a coup at Debenhams to appoint himself to the board in an executive role and oust nearly all the other di(...)

Sales of pianos were the most searched for item on the John Lewis website after their  ad featuring Elton John launched, the group said. Photograph: John Lewis & Partners/PA

Perhaps the £5 million John Lewis is rumoured to have spent on its Elton John Christmas advert will be worth it after all: the retailer boasted on Tue(...)

 Grafton Street in Dublin.  Our shopping areas are still somewhat less homogenised than in Britain, where almost every street seems to have the same chains and brands

By rights Irish retailers should be celebrating like it’s 2006. The economy is basically one big house party. Yet, retailers – transfixed by the comp(...)

French Connection has had its struggles on the high street. Photograph: Hannah McKay/File Photo/Reuters

As news of a possible sale of fashion group French Connection – also branded known as FCUK – emerged on Monday, talk surrounding a possible suitor foc(...)

House of Fraser, Dundrum, Dublin. The UK retail chain  filed for administration on August 10th.

Newbridge Silverware, Foxford Woollen Mills, Google Ireland – and even Irish Water – are just some of the Irish-based brands and companies that have b(...)

James Keany of CBRE and Eleanor Dalley, general manager of House of Fraser’s Oxford Street store, following the announcement that CBRE had agreed terms for the retailer to remain in the flagship London store. Photograph: CBRE/PA

Employees at House of Fraser’s Oxford Street store were celebrating on Tuesday as new owner Sports Direct revealed a reprieve for the flagship London (...)

 The beleaguered retailer has apologised to customers after cancelling all orders placed online. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

House of Fraser’s financial position “deteriorated significantly” in the year before the British retail chain went into administration and was bought (...)

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