In the last few days, Sports Direct International bought a few million more shares in Finish Line, the U.S. sports retailer, building up to a total of 5,941,248 shares, or 14.7 percent of its equity. A few days earlier, SDI had declared a stake of 9.21 percent in Finish Line. Sports Direct said the main rationale behind these and other purchases was to “hopefully build a relationship and develop commercial partnerships with the relevant parties. They also help the company to build relationships with key suppliers and brands.”

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