Sports, leisure & outdoors

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Opinion: Putting people before profit will count long after coronavirus crisis


So here we are. Lockdown. It was a move we all anticipated, but Boris Johnson’s words on Monday night still hit home harder than a Tyson Fury uppercut.


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Opinion: The CMA is on a power trip – and retail should be worried


Lord Andrew Tyrie hasn’t written his memoirs yet. If and when he does, he might want to consider borrowing the title: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

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Store gallery: London hosts Gymshark’s longest-ever pop-up


Open for one month only, Gymshark has launched its first-ever retail-only store, after previously playing host to a series of pop-up events.

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Video: MLB hits home run with Westfield Stratford pop-up

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In a bid to drive footfall and raise the sport’s profile in the UK, Major League Baseball has opened its first semi-permanent pop-up store in Westfield Stratford. Retail Week visits the space, which features retail, food and drink, and leisure offerings under one roof.

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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