Mike Ashley's Sports Direct has seized control of US retailers Bob's Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports in a 101 million US dollars (£78 million) debt deal.
"We would rather be friends, but we are willing to punch it out if we have to," declared the Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company.
The new boss of department store chain Debenhams has unveiled plans to close 11 warehouses and put up to 10 stores under review, in a move impacting at least 220 jobs.
The average price of a new car is down 4.7% on last year.
The UK has now been paid £358 million (€428m approx.) in interest by Ireland following a crisis loan it gave to the country in 2010.