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Rival probe call after sale of Blacks Leisure

Sports Direct said today it was disappointed by the sale of Blacks Leisure to its rival JD Sports Fashion and accused suppliers of obstructing its own pursuit of the outdoor clothing retailer.

Kuwait firm picks up troubled La Senza

The struggling lingerie chain La Senza's UK arm fell into Kuwaiti hands last night after the international franchise operator Alshaya struck a deal with administrators KPMG, safeguarding 1,100 jobs.

1,300 jobs lost as La Senza folds

Lingerie chain La Senza collapsed into administration today triggering 1,300 redundancies and the closure of more than 100 outlets.

Blacks Leisure today warned full-year profits would be lower than expected

JD Sports seals £20m Blacks deal

Sportswear firm JD Sports Fashion has bought all of Blacks Leisure's 290 stores out of administration for £20 million.

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Blue Inc's purchase of 21 D2 stores could save 200 jobs

Blue Inc, the young fashion chain backed by Sir Stuart Rose, is poised to buy 21 stores of the jeans retailer D2 out of administration, which could save about 200 high street jobs.

Stuart Rose firm bids for collapsed D2 jeans stores

Blue Inc, the young fashion chain backed by Sir Stuart Rose, is poised to buy 21 stores of the jeans retailer D2 out of administration, which could save about 200 high street jobs.

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Katy Guest: How to succeed in retail: sell good stuff, politely. Er, that's it

Mary Portas spent seven months writing her exhaustive, 50-page report on how to save the nation's high streets, so I am pleased to inform the Government and retailers that I can tell shops how to save themselves in the next 700 words. Fundamentally, the secret is to emulate John Lewis and not to be like La Senza, which will all seem very obvious when I explain it.

Barratts collapse to cost 1,600 jobs

Around 1,600 jobs are to go at shoe retailer Barratts Priceless after attempts to find a buyer for the concessions business failed, administrators said today.

Ziff approach to buy 70 former Barratt shops

Michael Ziff, the former owner of failed shoe shop chain Barratts and Priceless Shoes, has written to the landlords of 70 shops he would like to buy out of administration.

Alice Jones: It only takes a little imagination to bring a ghost town back to life

Two years ago, Granville Arcade, in the far reaches of Brixton market, was a ghost town.

Alice Jones: Sometimes, a little investment can go a long way

Some may sniff about "gentrification" but nothing of Granville Arcade's old spirit has been lost

Barratts and Priceless go under again

Barratts Priceless, the retail footwear group, has collapsed into administration again, to leave nearly 4,000 jobs hanging by a thread.

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