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Adidas hopes to score big profits at World Cup

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Mary Wakefield: Squabbling among the sisters won't do our equality any favours

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Next puts rivals in the shade

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Sam Wallace: All those who profit from our game share an obligation to end this taboo

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Rooney: Ferguson limits my sponsors

Striker reveals United manager's control over players as he fights £4.3m court case

Ethel Austin on brink of adminstration

Ethel Austin, the discount fashion retailer, is set to collapse into administration on Monday, putting 2,500 jobs at risk.

New Look and JD Sports add to high street festive cheer

The clothing and footwear chains New Look and JD Sports Fashion both maintained their powerful sales over the festive trading period. Both retailers have been two of the sector's best-performers over recent years and their strong performance fuelled the growing belief that the high street enjoyed a robust Christmas.

More than 1,000 jobs at risk as retailer D2 folds

Chain was formerly owned by tycoon Sir Tom Hunter

Adidas v Nike: The battle over football's big prize

The agencies behind the two sportswear giants are going head to head in the run-up to the World Cup.

Margareta Pagano: Does the brand maketh the sportsman?

Shareholders are starting to ask if the superstars they fund so lavishly are really good for business

Claire Beale On Advertising: Finally, British advertising can be proud

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Mothercare to create 400 new jobs

Mothercare will create 400 new jobs in the UK as part of plans for another 33 of its biggest format stores over the next two years, it said today.

On The Road: The East African market where the brands come cheap

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