The House of Commons’ Transport Committee will not recommend referring the British Airways/American Airlines merger to the Monopolies & Mergers Commission on condition that limits on other carriers are lifted…

…US Air has filed an anti-trust suit against British Airways, which has a 24.9 per cent stake in the airline, because of the proposed alliance with American Airlines.

Eurotunnel is expected to be given more time by the French courts to broker a deal with the banks which it owes 8bn. It is expected the two sides will be given another week to respond to compromise proposals.

Van den Bergh Foods’ Peperami brand’s senior product manager, Helen Duce, is moving to Unilever’s Thomas J Lipton operation in New Jersey. She will work on new product development for speciality teas.

Whitbread is bidding to buy the Pelican Group for 133m. Pelican’s restaurants include Café Rouge and Dôme.

Virgin Radio has poached Rhidian Crighton-Stuart, the Daily Mirror’s promotions manager, to be its first marketing director. The station has also hired Bobby Hain, head of music at Radio Clyde, to be assistant programme director.

AT Mays, the UK’s third largest travel agency chain, which has 417 shops, has appointed Duncan Lewis as head of marketing. He joins from timeshare exchange company RCI where he was market development manager.

Thomson, the UK’s largest tour operator, will launch its 1997 programme tomorrow (Thurs- day) providing customer reviews on holidays (MW July 19). It offers 100 savings per couple on brochure prices and a tie-up with Mothercare to provide childcare equipment in its holiday hotels.

BMRB International believes that streakers could be ‘innovative sponsorship’ tools after its research revealed that 50 per cent of adults at Wimbledon 1996 thought the female streaker was harmless fun and nine per cent felt it was the highlight of the match.

United Distillers is planning to launch an international chain of theme bars for its Johnnie Walker whisky brand, the world’s number one selling Scotch. The first theme bar is planned for Thailand.

Trustin the Foodfinders, which has a portfolio of brands including Bonne Maman jams and Ye Olde Oak tinned meats, has appointed former sales and marketing manager Mike Cook as director of marketing and Colin Wright as director of sales.

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