Tag Archives: Asda

OFT in surprise challenge to WPP and MediaCom over Brilliant Media acquisition

WPP’s ever-expanding gaggle of media companies – Mediacom, Mindshare, MEC, GroupM and Kinetic – have been on the regulators’ radar somewhere for some time (WPP probably wouldn’t be allowed to buy Aegis for example) but Sir Martin Sorrell’s outfit probably ...

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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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Can former Asda marketer Chris Pilling put some fizz into UK building societies?

Chris Pilling, currently head of HSBC’s bank branch network in the UK, is joining the country’s second-biggest building society Yorkshire as CEO. The move is interesting on two counts: building societies have been pretty moribund since the 2008 credit crunch, ...

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Richard Pinder out, Jean-Yves Naouri up at Publicis

Yesterday we had Publicis Worldwide COO Richard Pinder talking confidently about the agency’s prospects as it set to to buy the rest of Publicis Graphics in the Middle East, today the British executive is sur son bicyclette as he is ...

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Why has Andy Hornby quit as boss of resurgent Boots?

Well Andy Hornby, a former protege of Allan Leighton at Asda along with Sainsbury’s Justin King and others, probably deserves a break after being crucified in the banking crash of 2008 (he ran HBOS which collapsed owing twenty-odd billion) and ...

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Tesco and its rivals need new ideas to combat Asda’s price guarantee

Asda’s really getting under the skin of its rivals with its promise that its controversial price guarantee scheme is here to stay. The promotion helped the grocery retailer grow like-for-like sales by 1.6 per cent in its fourth quarter, quite ...

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