DIGESTS

Staff at Télé Star, the TV listings magazine recently bought by UK publisher EMAP, have asked a Paris tribunal to block the purchase on the grounds that they were not sufficiently informed or consulted.

Staff at Télé Star, the TV listings magazine recently bought by UK publisher EMAP, have asked a Paris tribunal to block the purchase on the grounds that they were not sufficiently informed or consulted.

Young & Rubicam, Milan, has been appointed to handle the privatisation of Stet, Italy’s state-owned telecoms company. The account is worth up to 2.6m.

The Mller dairy account, worth DM35m (15.7m), is moving to Hamburg agency Scholz & Friends, after a long pitch against Springer & Jacoby, Economia and Lintas.

Patek Philippe, the Swiss watchmaker, is hunting a successor to Bozell, Geneva, to handle its global brief…

…Fuji, Dsseldorf, is also looking for an agency following the resignation of Saatchi & Saatchi which has won the Kodak professional account in a worldwide alignment.

Cadbury Schweppes has signed a bottling and distribution deal with San Benedetto, Italy’s second-largest producer of soft drinks and mineral water.

EURO RSCG Scher Lafarge, the Paris agency, has beaten Publicis, London, to the Bollé sunglasses account.

Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream (right) has gained its first major listing in France. The product will be sold at 50 Auchan hypermarkets.

Mannesmann Mobilfunk, the German mobile phone network, has taken its DM42m (18m) account out of Scholz & Friends, Hamburg, and will now handle the business in-house.

Heineken has established a full presence in Switzerland by taking over Distrom SA, a distributor previously serving a number of manufacturers.

German advertising agency association GWA’s latest figures show agencies under continuing financial pressure with net margins on average coming in below two per cent of billings, compared with 2.5 per cent just five years ago (see column, opposite).

Myrurgia SA (Spain) has taken 100 per cent control of Etienne Aigner Cosmetics GmbH and plans to use the acquisition to expand outside its borders and beyond its traditional soap-based product range.

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