Serial acquiror Mike Ashley of Sports Direct is in the buying Game again

Sports Direct's purchase of a 25 per cent stake in electronic game retailer Game Digital may seem to be outside the company's area of interest on the face of it, but Mike Ashley has made a habit of buying into businesses without any obvious synergies.

Amazon & Whole Foods Market deliver a big surprise

Friday’s announcement that Amazon is to acquire Whole Foods Market will have traditional grocery retail chains watching with interest and some trepidation.

Struggling fashion chains to be offered in a half-price summer sale?

Everyone knows that if you are prepared to wait towards the end of a season you get the latest fashions at a discounted price, and in the case of struggling fashion chains Coast, Oasis and Warehouse, business seems to be imitating life with the reported reduction in price that potential buyer, Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) is considering offering.

Some people are getting their lingerie in a twist over the sale of Agent Provocateur

Founders of businesses can often still be emotionally attached to a business even after they have sold it on, and the announcement this week that 3i have sold Agent Provocateur to Four Holdings, a company part owned by Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct, seems to have proved this point.

Farfetch designer shopping portal valued at over USD 1bn!

Whilst definitely not a “unicorn”, Farfetch, the UK online luxury fashion retailer, is certainly attracting the attention of both users and funders, having just announced another round of funding that puts the total value of the business at over USD 1bn, eight years after its initial launch.