Costa coffee makes UK ad debut with a bit of the bard from Karmarama

Costa coffee, a chain of coffee shops owned by Whitbread, is one of the successes of the new, improved British high street. In my neck of the woods you even see people jogging home with a takeaway Costa; strange days ...

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Publicis Groupe snaps up 49 per cent of Brazilian ad group Talent

It must have been a nervous few weeks for Maurice Levy, the usually unruffled boss of Publicis Groupe, since his interest in buying Brazilian ad agency group Talent became public. Other potential bidders, chiefly Sir Martin Sorrell’s WPP, would have ...

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WCRS beats BBH to yuppie UK fashion chain Boden

There’s a blast from the past, ‘yuppie,’ but Johnnie Boden’s fashion company Boden is about as yuppie, the term for 1980’s posh boys and girls (and would-be poshes), as you get. Boden, educated at Eton and Oxford (isn’t everybody these ...

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Terry Leahy bullish as Tesco posts strong profits growth

Tesco’s international drive, particularly into Asia, seems to be paying off at last, with the grocer recording a profits rise of 12.5 % to £1.6 billion for the last six months, and the Asian side seeing profits up by 30% ...

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New UK internet ad figures show display and classified are gaining on search

It’s a moot point whether or not internet search should be counted as advertising, surely it’s direct marketing? However its phenomenal growth in the UK is slowing down, at least in relation to online display and classified. Search’s share of ...

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Rupert Murdoch’s worst friend Michael Wolff takes over at Adweek

His actual title is editorial director, which can mean a lot or hardly anything at all, but Michael Wolff, Rupert Murdoch’s recent biographer, is the new big signing for e5 Global Media (where do they get these names from?) which ...

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