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Weekend newspaper round-up: July 25-26

The top fashion business-related headlines from the weekend’s newspapers…

JJB Sports

The row between JJB Sports’ chairman Sir David Jones and Sports Direct deputy chairman Mike Ashley rumbled on with bizarre allegations from Ashley that JJB Sports’ security guards had followed one of his representatives as he drove away from the JJB Sports annual general meeting on Friday, according to reports.

According to The Sunday Times, Ashley’s lawyers have been instructed to take action against JJB after allegations that Ashley’s representative was followed for 30 minutes on the M61 in “a dangerous manner”.

A JJB Sports spokesman told the newspaper that neither the company nor Jones knew anything about it, and called the situation “ridiculous”. The spokesman added that Ashley’s representative was politely asked to leave the venue of the AGM in Wigan by security staff which he did.

The Mail on Sunday reported that JJB Sports was considering bringing back former chief executive Tom Knight to the board. It said that Knight had visited JJB Sports’ head office in Wigan last Wednesday where he is believed to have held talks about a return.


Debenhams is sending extra stock to stores in seaside towns to meet demand from a record number of shoppers holidaying in the UK.

A Debenhams spokesman told The Daily Telegraph that an extra five million Britons were planning to spend their summer holiday in the UK this year. The retailer has sent additional products including sun hats and flip flops to 21 stores in coastal towns.

Jack Wills

The Sunday Times carried an interview with Jack Wills founder Peter Williams. Williams talked about the retailer’s potential to launch in the US. The business has embarked on a marketing campaign, sending out five students to drive around the US East Coast handing out T-shirts. According to the newspaper, Jack Wills, which already has a US website, could open a store there, but no locations have been confirmed.


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