Stock Exchange rules recently forced the Pentland Group to make a formal takeover bid for the John David Group, owner of JD Sports, after a series of share purchases took its holdings in the retailer to more than 50%. The offer was rejected as expected, but Pentland’s chief executive Andy Rubin still has plenty to keep him active. The group, launched in 1932 and owned by the Rubin family, controls sports labels such as Speedo, Ellesse, Berghaus and Mitre. It had sales of £320.1m in 2004, and also owns the worldwide licences for Lacoste and Ted Baker footwear.
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