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A chain of electrical stores under the Comet name is to be launched in a bid to fill the gap in the market left by the now-defunct retailer.

Spotlight on: Keith Jones, JJB Sports chief executive

Not seen this chap before.

JJB Sports 'precarious again' after widening first-half losses

The scale of the turnaround facing JJB Sports, the troubled sportswear retailer, was laid bare yesterday after it posted widening half-year losses and "rebudgeted" for lower sales.

Lombok forced to shut nine stores

Furniture chain Lombok followed the UK arm of Habitat into administration today in a move resulting in the closure of nine stores.

Sports Direct and JJB cleared of price fixing

The sportswear rivals JJB Sports and Sports Direct were given a lift yesterday after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) decided to close its long-running probe into alleged price fixing.

Blacks Leisure hires interim chairman to help steady ship

Blacks Leisure, the embattled outdoor retail specialist, has hired an interim chairman to help turn around its fortunes ahead of a refinancing.

440 TJ Hughes jobs saved in deal

Some 442 jobs were saved today after administrators of department store chain TJ Hughes announced an agreement to sell four stores to a housewares company.

JD Sports could have JJB chain in its sights

JJB Sports could face refreshed interest from sports and fashion rival JD Sports.

Job fears amid more retail failures

Hundreds of high street jobs were lost or put at risk today as the tally of retail failures mounted and more firms signalled plans to shut stores.

JJB warns recovery could take five years

The chairman of JJB Sports has warned it could take up to five years to turn around the beleaguered sports equipment retailer as it posted full-year losses of £181m.

JJB sends out cash call for extra £65m

Struggling JJB Sports is to tap investors for £65m in an attempt to stabilise its precarious financial position.

JJB Sports wins CVA vote to stave off its collapse

JJB Sports, the troubled sportswear retailer, lived to fight another day yesterday after creditors approved an insolvency procedure to safeguard its immediate future by shedding up to 89 stores and slashing its rent bill.

JJB gets backing of another landlord

JJB Sports received a boost over the weekend when one of the troubled sportswear retailer's landlords said it would vote in favour of its controversial insolvency procedure tomorrow.

The Kaupthing conundrum

The Serious Fraud Office has staked its reputation on the high-profile investigation into the collapse of Iceland's biggest bank

JJB stakes its future on deal with landlords as JD talks end

Another potential lifeline for the beleaguered JJB Sports disappeared yesterday when its rival high-street retailer, JD Sports Fashion, announced it was no longer interested in making a bid for the company.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

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