J Walter Thompson is reported to have won Siemens’ global communications account, worth about DM 200m (70m). The network’s Frankfurt office will act as lead agency on the business.

ONLAE, Spain’s national lottery organisation, is looking for a single agency to handle communications for all its games, which are supported by about ptas 5bn (25m) advertising spend.

The Rizzoli and Burda publishing groups are to acquire jointly a 40 per cent stake in Turkey’s Hurriyet Magazine Group, which is majority-owned by Dogan Media.

Lorenzo Marini & Associati is to handle advertising for Rifle jeans across Europe. TV and cinema ads are expected to break later this month.

Spain’s supreme court has confirmed that the Osborne bull, a familiar feature of the country’s landscape, has transcended its status as an advertising symbol for brandy and is unaffected by restrictions on alcohol advertising.

GfK, the market research company, has acquired a majority stake in AGB Benelux, which will now be renamed Intomart Benelux.

Three Italian television presenters have been put on trial in Milan, accused of giving undue emphasis to certain brands during transmissions.

Clarks shoes (right) is to invest about ptas 250m (1.2m) in opening 16 further outlets in Spain, six of them franchises.

Toshiba has handed Scholz & Friends’ London agency, resp-onsibility for handling strategic planning for its PC products Europe-wide. The creative side of the account remains unaffected.

In Germany, Deichmann shoes has signed a sponsorship deal with three World League American football teams – Rhein Fire, Frankfurt Galaxy and Amsterdam Admirals. All players will now wear the company’s Victory brand footwear.

Lexmark has named Roger Rydell as its vice-president of corporate communications, with global responsibility for media relations, communications, branding and advertising. Rydell joins Lexmark from Timberland.

Nike has announced alliances with universities and sports academies in Cologne, Tbingen and Essen to develop shoes specific to certain sports (athletics, football, tennis).

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