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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.

Sports Direct vows to fight for Blacks and JD holdings

The spat between Sports Direct and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander's administrators reached a new level yesterday as the two parties traded yet another round of claims over disputed shares.

Battered JJB back under the cosh

Still reeling from five separate investigations into its affairs, JJB Sports has suffered yet another blow. James Thompson reports

Former Woolworths boss in line to be JJB Sports chief executive

'Class act' Steve Johnson approached as the sports retailer is forced to postpone £100m rights issue

Regulator intervenes to delay JJB rights issue

Sports retailer JJB Sports yesterday postponed a £100m rights issue after a City regulator intervened to delay the deal that was due to be announced yesterday morning.

JJB Sports to deliver £100m fund raising

JJB Sports will today unveil a £100m cash call aimed at securing the ailing sportswear retailer's future.

JJB losses soar as company claims it has turned corner

JJB Sports has admitted that its stores will not be fully stocked in the run-up to Christmas as losses at the struggling chain soared.

The Week Ahead: JJB problems to gather pace with FY loss

Today: Oil & gas assurance and quality control company Velosi is expected to announce an impressive set of first-half results this morning, showing that trading was better than expected. Last year's pre-tax profits increase of 30 per cent will most probably be replicated.

Two sportswear chains in fraud probe

Two major sportswear chains were at the centre of a fraud investigation today.

Sports Direct's profits plummet by 91 per cent

Newcastle United owner's retail chain writes off £53m on Icelandic bank collapse

The Week Ahead: Great expectations for retail sector's top end

Retail sector investors will be keen to hear how the top end of the market is faring when Burberry posts a first quarter update this Wednesday.

JD Sports fashion sales gather pace

JD Sports Fashion has revealed another strong performance after sales growth accelerated in the eight weeks to the end of last month.

Shearer future remains uncertain

Newcastle were today still attempting to finalise a deal to secure Alan Shearer as their manager.

Investment Column: Feeling lucky? Have a punt on JJB Sports

Shanks Group; Western & Oriental

JJB seeks to identify who bought 10 per cent stake

JJB Sports, the troubled sportswear retailer, is to send out legal notices to investors to unearth who bought part of a large shareholding that was sold off two weeks ago. The founder of rival chain Sports Direct, Mike Ashley, will be one investor to receive the notice.

Retail sales fall worse than feared

Steep falls in demand for non-food goods sent retail sales plummeting by 1.9 per cent last month as the recession tightened its grip, official figures revealed today.

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