FSA Fines JJB Sports PLC for Disclosure Failings

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On January 25, the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) issued a Final Notice to JJB Sports plc that detailed a fine of £455,000 (approximately $725,000). The FSA found that JJB had failed to disclose information to the market about the true cost of two acquisitions. These failings had led to a false market in JJB shares for over nine months.

On December 18, 2007, JJB announced its purchase of Company A for £5 million (approximately $8 million). JJB failed to disclose that in addition to that purchase price it had also paid approximately £10 million (approximately $16 million) for in-store stock.

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