Ernst & Partner, the German agency, has been declared bankrupt after 17 years in business. The main cause of the demise is understood to be its dependence upon Sony, which accounted for 40 per cent of revenue but severely cut back spending in 1993, before pulling the account altogether.
Interflora, the florist chain, has invited Publicis Etoile, Bates France and Dassas to pitch against incumbent agency Communication & Programme (EURO RSCG group) for its FF12m (£1.5m) account in France.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the German newspaper, has appointed Scholz & Friends (Berlin) to handle its advertising after a pitch which also included Beithan Hessler, Frankfurt, Aebi Strebel (Zurich) and Jung von Matt (Hamburg).
De Dietrich, the French household appliance brand, has appointed Jean & Montmarin to handle its advertising. Ogilvy & Mather, BCRC and Saatchi & Saatchi also pitched. Media buying, estimated at FF15m (£1.9m), will be handled by Concerto Media.
Fritsch, Heine, Rapp & Collins (Hamburg) is looking for a partner agency to strengthen its position on the German market.
Daewoo has appointed the Rome agency Wellcomm to handle its Italian advertising. The business is estimated to be worth FF33mm (£4.2m) this year.
Reebok Deutschland is hoping to give new impetus to its advertising for secondary brands Rockport and Boks by moving them from the main Reebok agency Heye & Partner into Coco (Salzburg). Its little-advertised Avia brand moves to Maksimovic & Partners (Saarbrcken). The Reebok brand stays put.
Healthy People, Grey’s Dsseldorf-based healthcare advertising specialist, has been appointed by Arzneimittel Berlin to handle its DM3m (£1.4m) Night-Care account.
Eurosport, the sports channel, is launching a Czech-language service called Cesky Eurosport. It will be available to about 100,000 viewers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia but Eurosport estimates a potential audience of 700,000.
Hanes T-Shirts in Belgium is understood to have appointed TBWA to handle its transition from a trade to a consumer brand. The new strategy follows the entry of Hanes into the Sara Lee Group.