Sports Direct International has acquired 114 stores from the administrators of fashion chain Republic.
The move comes three days after Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley sold part of his stake in the firm to raise around £100m in cash.
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We're all narcissists now (aren't we) so it must be OK for me to see the prism of UK politics through my two stints as a political editor.