Dec 13, 2018

House of Fraser revival 'challenging'

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has said his firm faces "Significant challenges" in turning around the House of Fraser store chain, which it bought in August. He repeated his intention to turn House of Fraser into "The Harrods of the High Street". In the 26 weeks to 28 October, it saw a 62% rise in pre-tax profits year-on-year to £74.4m. However, underlying profits saw a 27% slump to £64.4m, reflecting the costs of acquiring House of Fraser. "Outside of the House of Fraser acquisition, the Sports Direct Group has had another successful period," said Mr Ashley. Sports Direct non-executive chairman David Daly said: "The fact that Sports Direct is responsible for saving thousands of jobs at House of Fraser, at a time when the High Street is under immense pressure, is an achievement of which everybody in the Group should be extremely proud."

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