Mike Ashley

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JD Sports has benefitted from its growing overseas presence, as well as its online operation. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

When Mike Ashley threatened in 2011 that he’d “finish off” JD Sports, the response from Peter Cowgill, the boss of his smaller rival, was brief and un(...)

The SportsDirect premises on North Earl Street, Dublin 1, which was previously Boyers department store

UK-listed retailer Sports Direct is understood to have quietly sold its flagship premises on Dublin’s North Earl Street for about €20 million.The off-(...)

The womenswear retailer said it has seen “significantly weaker” trading since the start of the month.

Bonmarche has rebuffed a £5.7 million takeover offer for the womenswear retailer tabled by Philip Day, claiming it “materially undervalues” the compan(...)

The French connection. Macron and May meet  in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Image of the week: We meet again For health and safety reasons, this isn’t the photograph of the diplomatic kiss shared by Emmanuel Macron and Theres(...)

Analysing its fall from grace, Fiona Walsh explains how the antics of Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley made a bad situation even worse for Debenhams, arguing that his headline grabbing shenanigans are not so amusing when jobs are involved

Economic growth in the Republic of Ireland is expected to decline this year and next, according to a new forecast from the IMF. It warned that global (...)

Mike Ashley: widely admired for his retail expertise but his reputation as a deal-maker has been dealt a serious blow. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when Mike Ashley was known as “Britain’s answer to Howard Hughes”. Back in 2006 the reclusive sports goods(...)

Debenhams on Henry street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish-based staff, customers and suppliers of department store chain Debenhams have been reassured it is “business as usual” after the chain’s UK pare(...)

Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Debenhams, which operates 11 stores in the Republic, says its trading divisions, staff, suppliers and customers are unaffected for now after its lende(...)

Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

It could have all been so different. Debenhams has been taken over by its lenders in a restructuring after they rejected a £200 million (€232 million(...)

Photograph: Simon Dawson/File Photo/Reuters

Debenhams said it had rejected a last-minute offer by Sports Direct to underwrite an equity issue of £200 million, a move that increases the likelihoo(...)

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