Peter Cowgill, non-executive chairman of sportswear retailer JD Sports Fashion Plc (JD) has sold over £20 million worth of shares.

The disposal of 10 million shares was made on January 13th at a price of 213.2p. Following the transaction Cowgill retains an interest of 9,714,670 shares, equivalent to 0.19% of the company.

Shares in the group have risen by 15.6% over the last year, but over the last month have fallen by 9.8%.

Earlier this week the shares were marked down by 3.3% to 211.5p, despite the group forecasting a full year earnings beat after enjoying bumper sales over the Christmas period.

The tracksuits-to-trainers seller now forecasts a headline pre-tax profit of at least £875 million, ahead of market expectations averaging £810 million

Roger Yates, non-executive chairman of wealth manager St James Place (SJP) has bought shares worth over £220,000.

Shares in the group were acquired on January 12th in two separate transactions, each for 10,000 shares. The first trade was at a price of £11.19 and the second for £11.18.

Shares in the wealth manager have performed strongly rising by 39% over the past year. In late October 2021, the group updated the market on new business inflows and funds under management.


Assets under management reached record levels by increasing 14%  to £148.06 billion year to date.

The wealth manager also reported net inflows of £2.6bn for the three months to the end of September, compared to £1.4bn for the same period in 2020.

The firm expects growth in gross inflows for the full year to be around 25%.

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Issue Date: 14 Jan 2022