Time for Sainsbury’s to up its game as CMA blocks giant merger with Asda

To nobody’s great surprise the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has blocked the attempted £7bn merger of Sainsbury’s and Walmart-owned Asda, saying: “It’s our responsibility to protect the millions of people who shop at Sainsbury’s and Asda every week. ...

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Is chirpy and cheerful the right way forward for VW ads?

Would you adam&eve it, a bummer from Volkswagen. But actually it’s not the cultured academy in Paddington but DDB Berlin for VW’s new T-Cross, presumably a sign that VW’s T-Roc is starting a family. How many brands does VW need? ...

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George Parker: some of the ad stars that didn’t shine

Reading in MAA that Mother’s new campaign for Sky will continue to feature Idris Elba, I felt driven to burden MAA readers with my thoughts on “Star Fucking” in the ad biz. For years the title was held by BBDO, ...

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