Bonmarché went into administration as the week ended, with tougher-than-ever trading conditions making a turnaround unlikely. Nearly 2,900 jobs are at risk but its 318 stores will stay open while a buyer is sought.
Buying House of Fraser and ultimately loss-making stakes in firms like Debenhams and MySale may have been a chastening experience for Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley, but it hasn't stopped him from looking for more buys.
Strong demand in mainland China helped Cartier-owner Richemont offset a weaker performance elsewhere in its first quarter, as protests in Hong Kong hit sales, revenues fell in Europe and its watch business faltered.
The YNAP buy lit a rocket under Richemont sales last year, but it dented profitability. Yet the group remains strong with jewellery and watches buoyant while Chloé and Dunhill have seen good reactions to new products.