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Men spend far more on the National Lottery than women, and poorer people spend more than the rich, according to new research by Taylor Nelson AGB. According to the AGB research, males account for 57 per cent of total spending on the National Lottery, and C2DEs account for 58 per cent of spending. The figures call into question Camelot’s claim the National Lottery appeals equally to all sections of the population (See RetailScan, page 28).

Estée Lauder may be forced to review its 3m contract with Liz Hurley following reports that the model has been unfaithful to boyfriend Hugh Grant. Newspaper reports suggest Hurley had an affair with Hollywood actor Tom Sizemore. It is understood that Estée Lauder has strict stipulations relating to this type of publicity.

The Observer’s new editor Will Hutton has appointed Jocelyn Targett as deputy editor (features). Targett is currently editor of the Mail on Sunday’s Night and Day magazine.

Eurocamp, the tour operator recently hit by a British slump in demand for French camping holidays, is buying German travel agency Tesh for a minimum of 5m. Tesh operates as Eurocamp’s sole agent for the sale of its holidays in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

UK Online, a service targeted at the family, is offering free Internet access, Web space and e-mail for registered charities in the UK. UK Online will also donate 5 to participating charities for every member of the charity who becomes a personal subscriber to UK Online’s service.

Southern Electric is launching a service to supply gas to private consumers in competition to British Gas. The company is targeting consumers in the South-west with a direct mail campaign through Henley Marketing Services and claims it will offer responders a 20 per cent discount on British Gas tariffs.

The Labour Party (right) may put Central Office of Information ad campaigns on hold if it wins the next election, according to advertising agencies sources. The accounts could be frozen until a Labour Government develops alternative campaigns.

The Independent Television Commission is investigating Granada Television for selling an “exclusive to video” episode of Coronation Street and then screening the episode after 700,000 copies had been sold.

Sanofi Beauté, the beauty and perfume business of French company Sanofi Winthrop, is to launch a number of male toiletries in the Opium Pour Homme range. A soap, an aftershave and a deodorant will be available in stores by the end of April.

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