The financial cost of Covid could jump for many non-essential retailers, given a second High Court ruling over rent arrears. Retail group Frasers has been ordered to pay rents accrued since the start of the pandemic.
Sports Direct has launched a new long-term project and campaign called Equal Play that it said is addressing inequalities in sport with the company creating welcoming spaces where women can discover new sports.
Frasers said on Tuesday it has increased its stake in German luxury fashion house Hugo Boss to 15.2% through stocks and derivatives, part of Ashley's ongoing drive to take the British sportswear retailer upmarket.
Frasers Group saw lower sales in its first half, as would be expected given that most of its stores were closed for part of the period. But the fall was relatively small and the company’s profits rose.
Mike Ashley's Frasers Group confirmed on Monday that it’s interested in buying Debenhams even though the auction for the Department store chain has already ended and the chain is expected to close completely by March.
Frasers Group is continuing its deep dive into the luxury sector. On Thursday it announced that it has increased its already-large stake in leather goods company Mulberry and could make an offer for the brand.