Finance

Branston deal shows the pickle Premier Foods is in

Old food brands don’t die, they just get traded away. The latest to fall under the auctioneer’s hammer is Branston – sweet pickle, but also ketchup, mayonnaise and salad cream – which has been knocked down to Japanese relishes specialist ...

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Why the John Lewis campaign won the big UK ad effectiveness prize

The John Lewis campaign by Adam & Eve and media agency Manning Gottleib OMD took the top prize at the UK’s IPA Effectiveness Awards ceremony held last night at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. The awards are claimed to ...

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Chime in another controversial deal as it buys Lord Coe’s sports company for £12m

Much muttering in UK adland today about mini-marcoms group Chime Communications’ purchase of (Lord) Sebastian Coe’s sports consultancy company Complete Leisure Group for a reported £12m. Coe (left), who was chairman of the London Olympics, owns 90 per cent of ...

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Unilever 2 Procter & Gamble 0 in the consumer goods giant Champion’s League

It’s quite tough in the Champion’s League of consumer goods companies at the moment as the likes of Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and Reckitt Benckiser struggle with higher input prices and price-conscious consumers, particular in stagnating Western Europe. Anglo-Dutch ...

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Does the Guardian’s newspaper and digital strategy actually add up?

The Guardian has said it may be forced to make compulsory redundancies as its efforts to persuade journalists to leave voluntarily have failed. It was seeking up to 100 voluntary redundancies but only 30 or so people signed up. According ...

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WPP’s Sorrell reports a black September for revenue

Growth at the world’s largest advertising group WPP almost ground to a halt in September, forcing WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell to cut the company’s 2012 revenue growth estimate to between 2.5 per cent and three per cent. As recently as ...

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