Topshelf Megastores, a Dutch chain of five huge sports stores, has issued a statement denying persistent rumors that it was about to be taken over by Blokker, a Dutch retailer of household appliances. With more than a hint of irritation, the sports retailer stated that there had never been any talks with Blokker and that these would never take place. Topshelf added that it had ended 2009 with a positive result, without further details.