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    1. June 4, 2015

      Alexandre Mars: High-tech philanthropist looks to tap the wealth of entrepreneurs

      Paris-born Alexandre Mars may live in New York, but he is never far from French pastry. He rents the basement offices...

    2. May 27, 2015

      Retailers look to beacons to help in-store shopping mirror online

      Retailers and consumer goods groups are turning to beacon technology in a bid to make shopping in bricks and mortar...

    1. April 23, 2015

      Matomy Media shares tumble on profit warning

      Matomy Media, the Israeli digital advertising group that is part-owned by Publicis, suffered a sharp share price tumble...

    2. April 21, 2015

      Publicis first-quarter sales beat expectations

      Publicis shares saw their biggest rally in more than a year after the French advertising group led by Maurice Lévy...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. December 17, 2014

      The sharing economy must share the risks

      This has been the year of Uber. “Everyone is starting to worry about being Ubered,” Maurice Lévy, chief executive of...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. November 2, 2014

      Publicis to buy Sapient in ‘digital platform’ push for US growth

      Publicis, the French advertising group, has agreed to acquire Boston-based consultancy Sapient in a $3.7bn all-cash...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. September 24, 2014

      Santander succession highlights Europe’s planning woes

      Of the many column inches written about the death of Emilio Botín, patriarch of Spanish banking, relatively few...

    14. September 16, 2014

      Publicis management shake-up expands board as Lévy role continues

      French advertising group Publicis has extended Maurice Lévy’s 27-year tenure as chief executive until 2017,...

    15. September 7, 2014

      Moneysupermarket eschews buying from digital ad agencies

      Moneysupermarket, the British price comparison site, is one of a growing number of companies that has decided against...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. July 22, 2014

      Publicis eyes new acquisitions to help weather ‘difficult’ year

      Publicis, the French advertising group, is revising its five-year growth plan with a view to accelerate investment and...

    21. FT Alphaville

      May 20, 2014

      The 6am London Cut

      Peace. Love. Higher returns: If you’ve already bought your ticket for Camp Alphaville… well done. If not, click here....

    22. May 19, 2014

      Time for a consigliere, not a vain alpha CEO

      Self-castration was such a popular path to a high-flying advisory career in China’s imperial court that the Ming...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. FT Alphaville

      May 14, 2014

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Wednesday, - No one (important) wants faster growth. - What the Economist forgot in its history of...

    26. 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...

    27. May 9, 2014

      Holcim / Lafarge: not so wholesome

      The Omnicom/Publicis deal died before completion, killed by internal contradictions. This early demise, embarrassing as...

    28. Business Blog

      May 9, 2014

      Three merger lessons from the collapse of Omnicom-Publicis

      The collapse of the proposed Omnicom-Publicis merger, a bravado effort to override cultural differences, executive egos...

    29. 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?...

    30. FT Alphaville

      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...

    31. Business Blog

      May 9, 2014

      Omnicom-Publicis: car crash averted

      Graves at the Père-Lachaise-cemetery in Paris I’ve been wondering about the most suitable place to commemorate the...

    32. FT Alphaville

      May 9, 2014

      The *ahem* 7am London Cut

      With apologies for the delay, we had tech issues… Markets: Asia-Pacific markets are ending the week on a mixed note...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. FT Alphaville

      April 22, 2014

      The Closer

      FURTHER FURTHER READING - Martin Wolf: a more equal society will not hinder growth. - Solar energy will keep on keeping...

    38. 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...

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