Finance

Has market leader Tesco lost its way in the UK?

It’s always dangerous (indeed almost unheard of) to write off the mighty Tesco, the UK’s biggest retailer, but in the UK anyway the company does not seem to be able to pull the marketing levers with the same precision it ...

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MSQ rises from the ashes of Media Square in pre-pack MBO deal

Hardly had AIM-listed Media Square gone into administration than it re-emerged phoenix-like as MSQ Partners, consisting largely of the same people and companies but with less debt. It looks as though Lloyds Bank (41 per cent owned by you and ...

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Bank pulls the plug on struggling Media Square

Embattled mini-marcoms group Media Square, which owns Dave Trott’s agency csttg, has asked for its shares on London’s AIM stock market to be suspended after its (so far unnamed) bank declined to offer the additional funding it needs. “The company’s ...

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Why HSBC £40m fine over mis-selling to older customers gives marketing a bad name

Chris Barraclough, writing in Marketing magazine, is right. While the marketing community obsesses about Marks & Spencer lingerie ads, Size Zero models, Twitter trending and the monetisation of Facebook, it is almost entirely oblivious to some criminality of Dickensian proportions ...

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Doomy gloomy old Europe drives down new ZenithOptimedia adspend forecast

Which shouldn’t surprise anyone really – let’s just hope Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy bear the ad industry in mind when they meet for the umpteenth time today to try to sort out a eurozone fix. Publicis Groupe-owned ZenithOptimedia produces ...

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