Finance

Lord Bell rejects connection between Gulliford deal and VCCP’s easyJet win

Lord Bell, chairman of Chime Communications, has written to me regarding our story about Chime’s acquisition of Gulliford Consulting for a maximum price of £4.75m. We noted that Simon Gulliford, former marketing head of Barclays and Standard Life, had been ...

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Busy bee Sir Martin Sorrell snaps up digital agency A4A in China for JWT

WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell recently doubled his 2011 acquisition budget to £400m and he’s been busy spending some of it recently, including today’s purchase by WPP agency JWT of A4A, a digital agency founded in 2003 and based in ...

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Campaign publisher Haymarket claws its way back into profit

Life looked a bit grim for Haymarket, publisher of Campaign, Management Today, Brand Republic and What Car? among many others, last year after a pre-tax loss in 2009 of £3.7m. This was only the half of it as the company, ...

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Is market leader Tesco on the retreat in the UK supermarket battle?

You have to feel for Tesco CEO Phil Clarke (pictured), no sooner had he taken over from long-serving and highly successful predecessor Sir Terry Leahy, than UK retail sales fell off a cliff, hitting supermarket food sales too for the ...

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Interbrand names 2011’s 100 best brands (this time Apple makes the top ten)

And here they are (in billions of dollars) according to the big brand consultancy: 1/Coca-Cola (71.8); 2/IBM (69.9); 3/Microsoft (59); 4/Google (55.3), 5/GE (42.8), 6/McDonald’s (35.6); 7/Intel (35.2); 8/ Apple (33.5), 9/Disney (29), 10 Hewlett-Packard (28.5). These things are measured ...

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