Publicis Groupe snaps up fashionable AR New York

Fashion items and luxury goods have proved remarkably resilient during the recession with big-spendng clients preferring to stay with smaller specialists rather than entrusting their precious wares to big agencies. So Publicis Groupe is buying specialist agency AR New York ...

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Arena Media lands UK TV blitz for Ricola chocs

Unconventional chocolates are all the rage despite these straightened times and Swiss firm Ricola, founded in 1930 and still family-owned, is to return to TV in the UK with a £3m budget. Havas-owned Arena Media has landed the media planning ...

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New Branson-backed documentary on UN drug war breaks the distribution mould with YouTube launch

Independent production company Sundog Pictures is launching its new feature documentary Breaking the Taboo online, replacing the traditional theatrical window with a global launch on YouTube. Breaking the Taboo uncovers the UN-sanctioned war on drugs, charting its origins and its ...

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Tesco to dump failed US venture Fresh & Easy

All companies make mistakes at some point and Fresh & Easy was a massive one for Tesco. So now Tesco is to close or offload (if it’s lucky) its West Coast convenience store venture: not just putting the patient out ...

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Sir Martin Sorrell reveals what he’s like – a bit

In an illuminating interview with Matthew Gwyther, editor of Management Today. Sorrell has just been voted their business leader of the year, or something, so he fronts up and reveals some of what bugs him personally – his relationship with ...

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