John Lewis should copy JD Sports and hit its landlords hard | Nils Pratley

Urgent action, such as renegotiating rents, is needed at the department store chain to reverse a first-half lossThe definition of a true crisis at John Lewis, one should remember, is a threat to the model of employee ownership. That happened in the lat…

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Retailers call for action as high street store closures soar

Government urged to step in over crisis that has cost tens of thousands of jobsRetailers and unions are calling for urgent government action to help struggling high streets as new data shows the number of shops, pubs and restaurants lying empty is risi…

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Life is hard for retailers. But Sports Direct is in a crisis of Ashley’s own making

Government action is needed to preserve Britain’s high streets. But no law can protect a company from unrestrained ambitionEven by Mike Ashley’s standards, Sport’s Direct’s annual results statement on Friday was an extraordinary performance. The idiosy…

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Sports Direct warns of ‘terminal’ House of Fraser problems and €674m tax bill

Sports Direct finally releases its results after a day of ‘shambles’Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct expressed regret at buying a “terminal” House of Fraser and could not predict profits for the year ahead as it revealed it had been landed this week with a …

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