Is the UK's Frasers Group about to make a bid for Hugo Boss? Some investors in the latter seem to think so as its shares jumped on Friday on speculation that shareholder Frasers has ambitions to take control.
Boohoo on Monday confirmed that it has bought the Debenhams brand for £55m. It will use it to move into beauty and homewares, extend its own brand offering, operate a giant online marketplace and grow internationally.
Frasers said on Tuesday it has increased its stake in German luxury fashion house Hugo Boss to 15.2% through stocks and derivatives, part of Ashley's ongoing drive to take the British sportswear retailer upmarket.
Frasers Group has bought another company with the purchase of designer fashion retailer Psyche for an undisclosed sum. The company has a 40,000 sq ft shop in Middlesbrough, and a webstore, and employs 58 people in total.
Frasers Group is continuing its deep dive into the luxury sector. On Thursday it announced that it has increased its already-large stake in leather goods company Mulberry and could make an offer for the brand.
Mike Ashley's Frasers Group, formerly Sports Direct, has taken a 5.1% stake in German label Hugo Boss through stocks and derivatives, continuing his drive to take the British sportswear and apparel retailer upmarket.
Johnny Coca has left his position as creative director of Mulberry, the British fashion and accessories house, as announced on Tuesday, bringing down the curtains on a five-year stint at the famed UK marque.
It was a mixed (luxury) bag of results for Mulberry in the 53 weeks to the end of March with the UK company saying its international business developed, its D2C strategy progressed, but the UK market was challenging.
Ted Baker reported lower profits on Thursday, despite its revenue rising in the year to January 26. Its e-tail operation was buoyant and it stayed generally upbeat, but it's clear the company is facing challenging times.