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JD Sports Fashions buys Source Lab

JD Sports Fashion has bought the Manchester fashion brand Henleys and sports clothing designer Source Lab last week.

Bury-based JD has paid £2.6m for an 80 per cent stake in Cheadle Hulme based Source Lab, which makes licensed clothing for soccer clubs.

The company, which produces two million t-shirts, hoodies and other items of clothing each year, was founded by former Diadora UK managing director Andrew Ronnie in 2004.

It designs the clothes in-house and outsources manufacturing to third parties overseas.

JD Sports executive chairman Peter Cowgill said: “Source Lab design, source and distribute sporting-related product for some of Europe's premier football clubs and we believe that we can use the management's proven experience in developing ranges of sport-related product to enhance the return from the group's stable of brands.”

JD has also bought the worldwide rights to the Henleys brand for £2.6m.

It was founded in Manchester in 1996 by Ben Luscombe.

In 2011 its 18-store retail arm went into administration, though it continued to supply major UK retailers as well as over 200 independent stores in the UK and overseas.

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