WPP reported that first-quarter revenues for the group increased eight per cent to 419m. But revenue from its advertising interests grew just 0.5 per cent to 208m.

Bates Vietnam’s office in Ho Chi Minh City has been raided by police investigating possible trading violations.

Bacardi-Martini is launching new advertising for its citrus version Martini Citro through HHCL & Partners.

Ionica has confirmed the appointment of Ogilvy & Mather as its new direct marketing agency (MW April 23).

The Museum of London has shortlisted Leagas Delaney and Harari Page for its estimated 1m account.

Evans Hunt Scott has beat WWAV Rapp Collins in the pitch for National Savings below-the-line account to work in conjunction with incumbent GGT Direct Advertising.

The Israeli Tourist Board has shortlisted five agencies for its estimated 1m advertising account – they are Summerfield Wilmot Keene, Court Burkitt, Harari Page plus two others.

Miracle-Gro, the plant food brand, will return to national TV on May 1 with a 1.5m campaign through Delaney Fletcher Bozell. The ads feature Match of the Day star Des Lynam (right).

TBWA Payne Stracey, the Omnicom-owned direct marketing agency, is dropping the TBWA tag and will revert to Payne Stracey. The agency has won two new accounts: the Lufthansa Sky Club loyalty scheme and direct marketing for Age Concern Enterprises.

Faulds Advertising has restructured into five divisions – Classic, Total, Fast, Media and Future. Planning director Dennis Chester takes over as managing director from Jim Faulds who will be chairman.

First Direct has launched its PC banking operation with advertising through a team called FdAdcom, consisting of WCRS, Scope Marketing, Michaelides & Bednash, New PHD and PR company Band & Brown.

Abbot Mead Vickers.BDDO has created a 7.5m TV campaign for the launch of Douwe Egberts Cafinesse, the new fresh chilled liquid coffee. Ads will run from May 4.

The Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002 has shortlisted three advertising agencies for its 2m account to promote the competition which will cost 60m to stage.

BT has appointed marketing communications agency BCLO to handle advertising, design and direct marketing for its telemarketing arm Connection in Business.

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