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Analysis: How coronavirus has shifted JD Sports boss Cowgill’s priorities


JD Sports has made a name for itself as one of UK retail’s star performers. And despite the hammer blows coronavirus has delivered to swathes of the sector, the sports fashion giant has emerged bruised but still swinging.


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From e-bikes to pound shops: Meet the businesses filling gaps on the high street


While the pandemic continues to force many retailers to the wall, there are some old and new businesses still snapping up space. Retail Week meets those with ambitious store opening plans.

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‘Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group is not just unconventional – it’s unprofessional’


When a stock market announcement comes through from Frasers Group, formerly known as Sports Direct, you never know what to expect. A rant from founder Mike Ashley at landlords, the government or his rivals? A shiny new acquisition? The resignation of its auditor?

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‘JD-Footasylum case shows how retail mergers have just got tougher’


The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) last week slapped JD Sports and its largest shareholder with a £300,000 fine for allegedly breaking an order from the watchdog over its acquisition of Footasylum.

How Nike, Unilever and Gymshark are building DTC empires – and the retail fightback

How Nike, Unilever and Gymshark are building DTC empires – and the retail fightback
  • Hear from bosses at Nike, Nespresso, Gymshark and Heinz on how and why they have bypassed legacy retail
  • Learn how retailers can use data and great customer experience to work with DTC brands
  • Gain insight into the most disrupted sectors including food, fitness, and health and beauty
  • Adidas predicts 60% of its sales will be DTC by the end of this year