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JD Sports: Riding high on the athleisure wave

A few years ago, Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley vowed to finish off rival JD Sports. Not only did he fail in that aim but JD has gone from strength to strength (while Sports Direct has issued profit warnings) and JD’s latest results show that the athleisure trend is helping it to prosper. Once upon…

Ivy Park by Beyoncé: Athleisure’s biggest launch yet

Beyoncé and Philip Green have given us a sneak preview (well, as sneaky as it’s possible to get when got a global publicity campaign behind it) of the new Beyoncé Ivy Park athleisure line. The big names in sports may be aggressively targeting the female consumer and female-focused brand like Lululemon may be enjoying a…

Need to know: Russian e-tail, Maria Sharapova, Yoox Net-A-Porter and Burberry takeover?

The news flow is coming thick and fast today with clarification about those burberry takeover rumours, plus 2015 results from struggling Hugo Boss and not-struggling Yoox Net-A-Porter. Maria Sharapova is still trying to rescue her brand. And we’ve heard about Vera Bradley’s resurgence and how the Russian e-tail market is getting bigger but still has…