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Cartoon 22 October 2019

Retail cartoon: Mike in a spin over Nike


Patrick Blower’s take on Mike Ashley’s dispute with Nike and Adidas, as the sportswear giants look to sell more direct to consumer.

The many faces of Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley

From the humble beginnings of his first store in Maidenhead, Mike Ashley has built a £1bn retail empire, counting the likes of Sports Direct, House of Fraser, Flannels, Evans Cycles and among his growing stable of brands.

As the tycoon closes in on a £52m deal to add Game to that list, those closest to Ashley reveal what makes him tick, discuss why his “genius” continues to make him such a disruptive force, and shine a light on his retail master plan.

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