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    1. April 28, 2015

      Digital is reshaping the world of advertising

      When Heineken USA was preparing to launch Desperados, a tequila-flavoured beer, in the southeastern US in 2014, the...

    2. April 21, 2015

      Omnicom warns strong US dollar will hit harder than expected

      Omnicom said the strong US dollar would be a bigger drag on revenue this year than it had previously expected as the US...

    1. March 16, 2015

      Holcim-Lafarge tie-up on shaky ground

      Bruno Lafont’s mission to become the top manager in the cement industry had looked assured until last week, with the...

    2. March 16, 2015

      Holcim-Lafarge like other megamergers with huge hidden obstacles

      Last April, cement companies Holcim and Lafarge faithfully promised their investors that the deal they had just...

    3. March 5, 2015

      Upbeat broker comment cheers ITV shares

      ITV shone at the top of a lacklustre FTSE 100 on Thursday as the warm market reception to the free-to-air broadcaster’s...

    4. February 12, 2015

      Publicis’s growth lags behind US rival Omnicom

      Publicis promised that growth would accelerate to “cruising speed” in the second half of this year, as the French...

    5. February 10, 2015

      Omnicom warns strong US dollar to hit 2015 revenues

      Omnicom warned that the strong US dollar would weigh on revenues this year, as it reported higher revenues and profit...

    6. January 28, 2015

      Channel 5 attacks Omnicom in letter to ad group’s clients

      Channel 5 has attacked Omnicom in a letter to dozens of the advertising group’s clients in the UK, urging them to...

    7. December 14, 2014

      Maurice Lévy tries to pick up Publicis after failed deal with Omnicom

      The latest phrase to enter Maurice Lévy’s vocabulary is “to be ubered” and the head of Publicis Groupe, one of the...

    8. November 3, 2014

      Publicis/Sapient: pay per click

      The deal is done. Time to find $800m. Publicis has paid a huge premium for the US digital advertising and consulting...

    9. October 23, 2014

      Publicis results lag behind rivals

      Publicis reported weaker than expected third-quarter growth as the French advertising group was left counting the cost...

    10. October 22, 2014

      Interpublic boosted by business ad spending

      US businesses picked up their advertising spending in the third quarter, boosting earnings for marketing groups...

    11. FT Tech Hub

      October 21, 2014

      Omnicom says digital ads are stealing share from TV

      Television’s $70bn advertising business isn’t dead yet. So says John Wren, chief executive of Omnicom, one of the...

    12. September 29, 2014

      Facebook to use its data to target advertising across web

      Facebook has started to use the vast trove of data it has collected about the 1.3bn people who use the social network...

    13. September 7, 2014

      Mad men get worked up over ad trading desks

      For the world’s largest marketing services companies such as WPP, Publicis and Omnicom, buying and selling online...

    14. August 31, 2014

      Yannick Bolloré: a buccaneer’s son at the helm of Havas

      The world according to Yannick Bolloré consists of two types of people: those who, faced with change, hunker down and...

    15. August 26, 2014

      WPP: buying in bulk

      How WPP chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell must have enjoyed that Friday back in May. As Publicis and Omnicom scrambled...

    16. July 31, 2014

      RTL buys online video advertising group

      Europe’s largest broadcasting group, RTL, has made an unusual bet on the growth of online video, paying $144m for a...

    17. July 24, 2014

      Activist hedge fund Elliott to push for Interpublic sale

      Elliott Management, the activist hedge fund, has acquired a stake in Interpublic Group and plans to push the $8.5bn...

    18. July 22, 2014

      Omnicom profits up on advertising growth

      Omnicom eased worries over its failed merger with France’s Publicis as it reported better than expected revenue and...

    19. May 23, 2014

      David Abbott, advertising executive, 1938-2014

      David Abbott, copywriter Advertising may often be denounced as dull, irritating or misleading; its practitioners...

    20. May 16, 2014

      Letter from Lex: let’s make a deal

      Readers, Spring is in the air and M&A bankers are looking forward to a long, busy summer. Yes, last week’s collapse of...

    21. May 15, 2014

      Dixons / Carphone: party line

      Argh. Another “merger of equals”. The collapse last week of the Publicis/Omnicom merger did not deter UK retailers...

    22. May 9, 2014

      Advertising titans call off ‘merger of equals’

      As John Wren stood on the rooftop of Publicis’ Paris headquarters overlooking the Arc de Triomphe last year, he turned...

    23. May 9, 2014

      Publicis / Omnicom: myth and reality

      The tooth fairy, the Easter bunny, and the merger of equals. If you are an adult, it’s time to let go. DaimlerChrysler?...

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      May 9, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE As news of defaults filter out from China, David asks: won’t somebody think of...

    25. May 9, 2014

      Lévy blames takeover risk for Publicis-Omnicom merger failure

      The $35bn merger of Publicis and Omnicom collapsed after the deal to create the world’s largest advertising company...

    26. May 9, 2014

      Publicis-Omnicom entente cordiale ends in recriminations

      The feuding that derailed a $35bn planned merger of Publicis and Omnicom broke into the open on Friday even as the two...

    27. April 29, 2014

      Tax avoidance: The Irish inversion

      The global headquarters of Endo International is so new that, apart from a few desktop computers, the most visible...

    28. April 25, 2014

      Pending merger of Publicis and Omnicom gives WPP a boost

      WPP has suggested it is already benefiting from the pending merger of its rivals Publicis and Omnicom, saying it has...

    29. April 22, 2014

      Tax issues threaten Publicis-Omnicom deal

      Unforeseen tax issues have thrown the $35bn merger of Publicis and Omnicom into jeopardy, threatening to torpedo plans...

    30. March 10, 2014

      Facebook gains on analyst optimism

      Facebook climbed on Monday as analysts at UBS raised their price target on the world’s largest social networking site...

    31. March 9, 2014

      WPP chief Sorrell receives £23m payout

      It’s been a tough 12 months for Sir Martin Sorrell, but £22.7m in shares should help. Sir Martin, the chief executive...

    32. February 11, 2014

      China’s antitrust clearance holds up Publicis and Omnicom merger

      Delays in obtaining antitrust clearance from China for the $35bn Publicis and Omnicom merger, among other...

    33. September 15, 2013

      Automated ads aim to make marketing visions a reality

      The lights went out at the Super Bowl and minutes later Oreo posted a message to Twitter with a picture that said: “You...

    34. September 1, 2013

      Dentsu chief open to further tie-ups

      Dentsu, the acquisitive Japanese advertising group that bought UK agency Aegis last year for £3.2bn, is positioning...

    35. August 29, 2013

      WPP raises its sights on revenues

      WPP lifted its expectations for annual revenue growth for 2013 as the group reported underlying sales up 5 per cent in...

    36. August 29, 2013

      WPP weighs options as bigger rival emerges

      Sir Martin Sorrell has made his views clear. In the wake of the agreed merger between Publicis and Omnicom, which will...

    37. August 12, 2013

      US acquirers cut taxes by relocating to Europe after mergers

      A growing number of US companies are set to save hundreds of millions of dollars in tax by relocating to Europe after...

    38. August 7, 2013

      Emerging markets key to Publicis-Omnicom deal

      Part of the rationale behind the $35bn Omnicom-Publicis tie-up is an empire-building land-grab into emerging markets....

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