Shop Direct boss Mark Newton-Jones on the streets of Liverpool last week with the Olympic flame.
Newton-Jones, a big contributor to the development of sport in the Northwest, was nominated as a torchbearer by Olympic sponsor Adidas.
Marks Spencer chair Archie Norman has bulked up his shareholding in the retailer.
Marks Spencer has sold its 27-store business in Hong Kong and Macau to franchise partner Al-Futtaim.
Marks Spencer is expected to drive on with a store closure plan and the shutters could come down on more branches.
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