Mike Ashley, the billionaire boss of retailer Sports Direct, faces court action this week over an alleged multi-million pound deal hatched during an alcohol-fuelled meeting in a London pub. He is being sued by former Merrill Lynch banker Jeff Blue, who claims the tycoon agreed to pay him £15 million if he could help make Sports Direct ‘as valuable as Marks & Spencer’. Ashley is defending the case, due to start in the High Court on Thursday.
The slow extinction of department stores may seem like an inevitability to anyone who witnessed the implosion of BHS last year. Many are struggling against the internet, but billionaire Philip Day sees things very differently. The former managing director of Aquascutum has been buying up bankrupt fashion brands for more than a decade, dusting them down and giving them a new lease of life. This weekend he has opened his first Days department store in a quiet corner of Britain to house them all.
Former British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman is understood to have been appointed to lead a group of investors preparing to rescue the owner of womenswear brand Jacques Vert. Style Group owns a host of other brands including Winsmoor, Eastex and Precis – many of which are sold through department store concessions. The group trades from 1,850 outlets in 470 locations in the UK, on the Continent and in Canada and employs more than 1,000 people.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".