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the department store house of fraser is bought by sports direct for £90 million. the offer from the sporting goods empire came just hours after the chain went into administration. its new owner, mike ashley, says he wants to turn it into the harrods of the high street. what could its future look like? sports directjust seems quite a jump from house of fraser. it doesn't really, in my mind, really fit together very well. we'll ask what the sale means for house of fraser's staff and customers. also tonight: good weather and good news improve britain's economic output in the second quarter of the year, but crucial exports are down. visible from the sky — china's expansion into the south china sea continues, despite growing opposition. an immigration reprieve for a nine—year—old chess progidy — we meet the boy who's just been told he doesn't have to leave the uk. stuttering run—up.
nothing stuttering about the execution of the penalty itself. and the premier league season gets off to a flying start at old trafford. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news: the new premier league season is under way. find out if manchester united got off to a winning start after the perfect start against leicester at old trafford. good evening. the struggling department store house of fraser has been bought just hours after going into administration, by sports direct. its owner, mike ashley, says he wants to turn the chain into the harrods of the high street. sports direct is paying £90 million for the 169—year—old business. house of fraser has 59
stores across the country. of those, 31 had been earmarked for closure, but mike ashley said in a statement he'll be doing his best to keep as many open as possible. so, this evening, its 17,500 staff wait to find out exactly what he plans to do with his acquisition. our business correspondent emma simpson reports. glasgow, where house of fraser began. it's early doors and staff are fearing the worst. i don't think i have an understanding of it yet. it's not really been explained to us at all. i think we're just all trying to keep each other up, we're all trying to stay motivated and hope for a good outcome. as workers were being briefed, shoppers had to wait. in hull, many worried about losing one of their favourite stores. with edwin davis, british home stores and now this one, where we going to shop? at ourage? you know, our age. morning folks, morning!
but, by the time the doors opened across the country, this 169—year—old chain had a new owner. what happened to house of fraser today is the most shocking example yet of the distress that's currently playing out on our high streets. it's now in the hands of one of retail‘s most controversial and colourful bosses, who made his fortune with a chain known for stacking it high and selling it cheap. mike ashley is never far from the headlines, often for all the wrong reasons. a lot of cash there. yes, i've been to the casino. he's certainly done well. his business empire includes newcastle united football club and that controlling stake in sports direct, with nearly 500 stores, employing nearly 18,000 people. he owns the premium casualwear chain flannels and mr ashley has also taken a big stake in debenhams, french connection and already owned
ii% of house of fraser. so, what's he up to? he likes to gamble and i wouldn't bet against him. this retail expert has worked closely with him. sports direct tried to buy house of fraser back in 2014, so they've always had a long held ambition to own department stores. they already own some premium lifestyle brands but what this deal does, is gives him access to the tommy hilfigers, the hugo bosses of the world in a much more meaningful way. the big question remains, how many of the 59 stores he wants to trade but this was a once—in—a—lifetime opportunity. mike ashley says he'll do his best to keep as many open as possible. 31 had been earmarked for closure, like this one in darlington, and then there are the suppliers. this nottingham menswear company is one of many who are worried they won't be getting paid. the impact is, yes, it will affect jobs, yes, it could affect the suppliers and sadly we could see suppliers go bankrupt because of it.
challenging times. the chairman of this department store is a retail veteran and speaks for the industry. it is a perfect storm, where retailers are faced with quite big cost pressures, at the same time that the consumer is choosing to shop in different ways. as a result, we've seen quite a lot of this over the last six months or so, and i fear there is more to come. the chancellor hinted again today that he's considering a tax on online retailers, to level the playing field. many of house of fraser's problems, though, were self—inflicted — a weak business that was loaded with debt. it will take skill and an awful lot of investment to turn it around. emma simpson, bbc news. well, in belfast, house of fraser opened in 2008 as part of a major redevelopment — a flagship department store for the city centre after a history of troubles. 0ur ireland correspondent,
emma vardy, has been been gauging customers' reactions to today's rescue deal. the arrival of house of fraser brought much more than designer clothes — it signified belfast was becoming a modern city and moving away from its violent past. since then, belfast has welcomed increasing numbers of shoppers and tourists. the opening of this store is still remembered as a moment the city felt revived. i think it was the beginning of things improving in belfast, and you saw a lot of lines there that you didn't get in other stores. and rather than being overshadowed, independent retailers in the city say they rely on house of fraser's success. it's incredible, because it's such a huge draw, for locals, for tourists, and also for the huge amount of staff that work there. you know, you think about the disposable income that we, as the smaller retailers, depend on. belfast‘s house of fraser escaped the cull when half the uk's stores were earmarked for closure last
month, but now, under the sports direct takeover, plans for its future are unclear. but the deal‘s been cautiously welcomed here, if it means that any possibility of losing a store that's so key to the city can be avoided. i think we've always been very careful to say, look, the high street is not dying, the high street is going through a creative reconstruction. like any reconstruction process, that's not without its casualties. so, can sports direct‘s mike ashley breathe new life into the brand? sports directjust seems quite a jump from house of fraser. it doesn't really, in my mind, really fit together very well. house of fraser's kind of pitched itself as a high end brand. i don't know whether that would maybe devalue it slightly or change its market, but, ultimately, if it keeps the employees in a job, i think it's a good thing. in the short term at least, people here still have theirjobs and belfast still has its flagship department store. emma vardy, bbc news, belfast.
i'm nowjoined by emma simpson. so, how much do we know tonight about what happens next? good question. it is business as usual for now, but we have no detail about what mike ashley is going to do and, crucially, how many stores he's going to keep. all he's saying for 110w going to keep. all he's saying for now is he wants to to turn house of fraser into the harrods of the high street. hugely ambitious. many are wondering whether he's bitten off more than he can chew. this is a large, complex business, and it isn't long, dare i say it, before the countdown to the crucial christmas trading season, where department stores in particular have to be at the top of their game. house of fraser has suffered from chronic underinvestment for a long time, it's had a succession of owners, and mike ashley has written
to the rescue today, but can he really deliver? their thousands jobs depended on it. emma simpson, thank you. warmer weather, the football world cup and the royal wedding all helped lift economic growth in the three months tojune. the office for national statistics says britain's economy grew by 0.4% in that period, compared with a rate of 0.2% in the first quarter of the year. but the 0ns added that underlying growth remained modest and crucial exports were down, as our economics correspondent andy verity reports. a hot, dry summer, nice whilst it lasts, and the same applies to the economic climate, which warmed up in the second quarter of the year and forgot all about the beast from the east. this british—made crop sprayer uses cutting edge sat—nav technology, so farmers can avoid re—spraying the same ground to an accuracy of an inch, and it's prospered on investment and exports. we've been able to expand on this site, we're making the site fit for purpose for going forward, because we see whatever happens with brexit,
we export 40% of our product around the world to many different countries, and so we have people wanting our product. the heat may have helped the economy but it's far from a bumper harvest. in the eight years before the financial crisis, the economy grew by an average 2.8% per year, but in the eight years since then it's been far slower, just 1.9%. and the chancellor, philip hammond, is aware that growth overall in the year tojune was just 1.3%. are you really satisfied with that growth rate? obviously, we want our economic growth to be higher and we can do that by investing in skills, in infrastructure, in technology. there is no alternative but to keep investing in our economy, to improve our performance and deliver the sustainably higher wages that we want to see in this country. the bank of england is convinced that the economy is now growing fast enough that there's a danger that wages take off, but that's
highly controversial. although pay has grown by more than inflation, the average pay rise is still much smaller than it was before the financial crash. if the economy is growing fast enough, many of us aren't obviously reaping the benefits. we were looking for a bounce in the second quarter after that weak first quarter with all the snow, but, actually, the bounce we got was quite small, in our view, given all the supportive factors that you had, like the good weather. that goes back to a weak underlying picture. you know, household spending growth has slowed quite a lot since 2016 because real wages and rising. people don't feel any richer, so they're not growing their spending. also not feeling richer were exporters of cars and planes. the weaker pound should mean it's cheaper for foreign customers to buy our cars, so they sell more. instead, exports dropped and imports rose and the gap between them, the trade deficit, more than doubled. while investment by companies has
picked up, manufacturing is shrinking and share prices fell today. to traders there's one big, grey cloud forming on the economic horizon — the risk of no—deal brexit. andy verity, bbc news. the england cricketer ben stokes has denied being very drunk and "enraged" when he got into a fight outside a nightclub in bristol last september. giving evidence for a second day at his trial, the 27—year—old admitted throwing several punches but said he didn't remember knocking a man unconscious. he denies affray. the man he's accused of hitting is on trial alongside him. the age at which people in england are screened for bowel cancer is to be lowered, from 60 to 50. public health england says widening the current home testing programme will allow more cases of the disease to be diagnosed earlier. scotland already offers screening from the age of 50. a man has pleaded guilty
to plotting a terrorist attack in central london, and raising money to fund terrorism. 26—year—old lewis ludlow from kent had planned to hire a van and target pedestrians on oxford street, at madame tussauds and at st paul's cathedral. he'd hoped to kill up to 100 people. he'll be sentenced in november. our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford, is outside scotland yard. daniel, what's emerged about this man? well, this has always been a very unusual case. lewis ludlow is an awkward looking, white convert from rochester in kent or converted to islam at the age of 16, was quickly drawn into the world of the well—known radical extremist, anjem choudary. used to appear on demonstrations with anjem choudary‘s supporters, looking slightly out of
place, and he recorded the you tube video, saying he'd once been a nazi who converted to islam after muslims had been friendly to him online after a bereavement. by april when he was arrested, he was under extensive surveillance. it been stopped at heathrow a couple of months ago tried to travel to an area of the philippines with well—known links to islamic state. after being stopped at heathrow, before his arrest, he recorded a video pledging allegiance to the leader of so—called islamic state, which was found on a discarded phone. he made a list of potential attack targets in london, including 0xford attack targets in london, including oxford street and madame which he said toa oxford street and madame which he said to a is contact. he suggested a possible fine attack in which around 100 people people could be killed. he'd earlier admitted to his contact that he couldn't drive because he was afraid of crashing. more than three months after being charged, he today pleaded guilty by video link today pleaded guilty by video link to preparing an act of terrorism in
london and, when he is sentenced in november, the sentence is likely to be life. thank you, daniel sandford. china is continuing its contentious expansion in the south china sea, despite fervent opposition from its neighbours and their allies. the chinese government claims the entire area, within these lines, belongs to them. it's dredged areas of the sea in the spratly island chain to create military bases, to defend what it views as its territory. but the phillippines, vietnam, ?malaysia and brunei also lay claim to the resource—rich waters, while america says it won't sit back and allow china to dominate the area unchallenged. 0ur correspondent rupert wingfield—hayesjoined a us plane on a reconnaissance flight to chart the chinese development. this is the chinese navy politely telling the us navy to go away. far out in the south china sea, we're approaching one of china's
huge new island bases. it's very clear they do not want us here. for the crew aboard this us navy p8 surveillance plane, this is now a daily encounter. it's a routine occurrence for us on these flights. it happens throughout the flight, when they come over and then we just go back with our standard response. it really has no effect on any operations or anything we do. as we close to 12 nautical miles, we can now see the huge extent of china's development out here. so, what we're seeing on the screen here is live pictures of a place called mischief reef. the last time i flew over here two—and—a—half years ago, it was reallyjust a large pile of sand. now you can see there has been extensive construction. this is what it looked like then — millions of tonnes of sand being pumped onto the reef to create new land. the first outline of
a runway, but no buildings. look at the same place today — a forest of radar domes, aircraft hangars and maybe a building to park missile launchers. using the plane's high—powered camera, we watch as a group of vehicles drives down the runway. one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine... nine vehicles, moving. still looks like nothing on the runway, no aircraft present. these flights aren't just about surveillance. the americans are here to make a point. in the broadest sense, it's making sure that we maintain the rights that we have as a military aircraft, to fly in international airspace, maintain our presence in the area and show that we're not worried about the build—up that's happening and we're going to continue to stay down here in the south china sea. to understand what is at stake out here, listen to how the chinese navy today talked to an aircraft from a smaller, weaker neighbour, the philippines.
with the spaces, china is succeeding in changing the very geography of the south china sea. despite america's assurances, down here the tide of history appears to be flowing towards beijing. rupert wingfield hayes, bbc news, with the us navy in the south china sea. a strike by pilots with the budget airline, ryanair has forced the cancellation of about 400 european flights. 75,000 passengers are affected, though ryanair says most have been put on alternative flights. pilots are protesting about conditions and pay. rya nair says its pilots are paid more than those at other budget airlines. the inauguration of emmerson mnangagwa as zimbabwe's president has been postponed. the ceremony was due to take place on sunday, but the opposition,
the movement for democratic change, has mounted a legal challenge to the result of the general election. a court could decide to order a recount, or nullify the result. turkey's currency has continued its sharp slide on the foreign exchanges, after president trump announced the us is doubling its tariffs on turkish steel and aluminium. the lira has lost about 20% of its value in 2a hours. president erdogan said the drop is part of a campaign led by foreign powers — and urged people to buy lira with their foreign currency. 0ur correspondent selin girit is in istanbulfor us tonight. how serious is this? turkey— us relations have not exactly been a bed of roses, especially in the last few years but the latest crisis risks reaching a
point of no return for the two nato allies. mr trump's decision to impose tariffs against turkey will hit turkey very hard indeed and the impact was immediately clear. just after president trump's suite, the turkish lira hit an historic low, 20% loss in value overnight was recorded at that particular moment. president erdogan has called on washington to solve their issues through dialogue, diplomacy and criticise the imposing of extra tariffs. what washington expects at this stage is the release of an american pastor held under house arrest in turkey but ankara is not giving in and is pushing to use this pastor as a bargaining tool for its demands from washington. ankara will be pushing for its demands from washington but will president erdogan and mrtrump, washington but will president erdogan and mr trump, these two
strongmen, be able to reach a compromise or will this rift further escalate? that will be devastating, not only to turkey's economy but also for america's regional interests. thank you. the family of a nine—year—old chess prodigy in south london have been told they no longer have to leave the uk in a matter of weeks. shreyas royal has represented england in international chess championships, and is ranked four in the world for his age group, but his family was told their visa wouldn't be extended unless shreyas's father earned £120,000 a year. but today, the home secretary, sajid javid, said he had taken personal charge of their case. 0ur correspondent chi chi izundu has been to meet the family. this is shreyas royal. he may be only nine, but he's ranked fourth in his age group in the world. he's a silver medallist, and, according to a former chess grand master, the greatest chess prospect in a generation. he only started playing chess three years ago, and was told he would have to return to india with his family,
unless his dad could get his work visa renewed by next month, and immigration rules state that that can only happen if he earns £120,000 a year — which he doesn't. he grew up here and when we heard that, it's really sad for us and surprising for us. his dad, jitendra, appealed to the home office who they told him that, while, yes, his son showed immense promise, it did not mean the family could stay in the uk. two mps have backed shreyas' case. in a joint letter to the home secretary, leeds west mp rachel reeves and greenwich and woolwich mp matthew pennycook said: the home secretary personally looked in to the royal's case and has extended their right to remain on their current visa. how did you react when you heard that you had been given leave to extend your current visa?
iwasjumping here and there and dancing. i almost trashed the room, so i was really happy today. the home office says it considers every application on its merits, but for now, shreyas is concentrating on competing in the chess championships. i want to be the best at it and become the world chess champion at the age of 18. chi chi izundu, bbc news. there's been gold medal success for britain at the european championships in berlin tonight, with matthew hudson—smith storming to victory in the 400 metres final. elsewhere on the track, katherina johnson—thompson took silver in the heptathlon, and there was a bronze for meghan beesley in the 400 metres hurdles. with a round up of all the action, here's our sports correspondent natalie pirks. commentator: hudson-smith is in that kind of form... with a puff of the cheeks, he knew the 400 metres was his for the taking. matt hudson—smith was the fastest man in the field this year. commentator: from near silence
to the roar, as the men's 400 metre final gets under way... and his start was impressive, blowing his rivals away in the first 300. commentator: has he got something left for the final 80 metres? look at the lead he's got! the last 100 metres, though, well, that was more a case of clinging on for dear life. commentator: hudson-smith gets it! that hurt, but the gold helped with the pain. the time doesn't matter, that's for the future. this was about winning, that was the whole goal of this year — win europeans. idid it. i may have made it look ugly, but i did it. in the heptathlon, the commonwealth champion katarina johnson—thompson had been solid, giving world and olympic champion nafi thiam plenty to think about. despite a personal best in the javelin, though, the belgian overtook her with just one event to go. game face time. johnson—thompson needed a 13.5 second gap in the 800 metres to take gold from her rival. commentator: she's
really kicking hard. this is a great effort from katarina johnson—thompson. she gave it everything to reach a new personal best and a well earned silver. commentator: meghan beesley in lane one's got a chance for the bronze medal... the women's 400 metre hurdles had all the ingredients for a surprise but no one expected it to come from lane one. britain's meghan beesley with a sensational bronze. commentator: what about this cheeky little look? watch this, this kids 17... and britain's jake wightman took bronze in the 1500 metres, behind 17—year—old jakob ingebrigtsen, who beat his two brothers to their former european title. quite the sporting dynasty. natalie pirks, bbc news. cricket now, and it's been a fine day for england's bowlers in the second test at lords. despite rain interrupting play, the hosts bowled out india in theirfirst innings forjust 107 runs. there were five wickets forjames anderson — his first from only the fifth ball of the match. the premier league season kicked off tonight in spectacular fashion at old trafford,
with manchester united taking on leicester city. but was it a good night forjose mourinho's team? 0ur sports correspondent david 0rnstein was watching the action. the premier league trophy currently belongs to manchester, only city not united. and as the new season begins here at old trafford, the aim is clear. before kick—off they sought divine intervention and paul pogba's prayers were quickly answered, leicester penalized for handball. the captain capitalizing from the spot. united had to be sharp at the other end as well. leicester, the unlikely champions of 2016, denied by the hand of de gea. jose mourinho knew his side needed a second and late on it came, luke shaw with the first goal of his career. commentator: luke shaw might get
there. a piece of history for luke shaw! and how crucial that will prove whenjamie vardy reduced the deficit in the closing minutes to force a tense finale. mourinho departing a relieved man. it wasn't entirely convincing from manchester united. they will need to improve but a win is a win and they sit top of the table for a few hours at least. there are six games tomorrow and three more on sunday, as manchester city start their title defence away to arsenal. the premier league is back! david, thank you. that is it for bbc news at ten for tonight. for eve ryo ne news at ten for tonight. for everyone here, but very good weekend. here on bbc one, time for the news where you are. goodnight. hello and welcome to sportsday
with me, will perry. the headlines tonight... matthew hudson—smith wins britain's third athletics gold at the european championships with victory in the 400m final. 26 days after the world cup final, the new premier league season is here. manchester united are off to a winning start. and jimmy anderson takes 5 wickets as england bow india out for 107 at lord's. hello and welcome to sportsday.
we'll be at old trafford shortly on sportsday but first more medals on the track in berlin at the european championships tonight. and there was one of every colour. here's ade adedoyin. he came in as the man to beat in the 400, and his winning time 44 78. the only man to break 45 seconds. he went out a little early but he said he wanted the metal that badly. he was on the track a few minutes, soaking in what he achieved, his first senior individual metal. it is poignant as well because 2017 had been the most difficult of his career that forced him to make some changes including moving to the united states. last year was the worst of my life, a lot of things happen behind—the—scenes. for the
future, i cannot describe how it feels to ruin. i did it and for the future now. katerina johnson—thompson had to settle for silver in the heptathlon. she had to finish ahead of the world and 0lympic finish ahead of the world and olympic champion, the belgian. she went out hard from 100 meters. she did not do enough to claim the gold. the context is she scored the points tally of her career. she says that bodes well for the future.|j tally of her career. she says that bodes well for the future. i know i can win and i am not intimidated by past performances.