Great Universal Stores has appointed Graham Frost as acting chief executive of Argos, following the resignation of Stuart Rose. Frost will remain deputy chief executive of GUS’ home-shopping division.

Le Shuttle is dropping the Le Shuttle brand name in favour of Eurotunnel, which has higher recognition than the Le Shuttle brand.

Britannia Music Club, the record company, has ended its ten-year sponsorship with the Brit Awards. The awards will seek a new sponsor.

Budgens director Christian Williams says the company, which has rebranded 7-Eleven stores as b2, will not take legal action against Barclays, which is launching a telephone savings operation, also called b2.

Ben & Jerry’s is believed to be in talks with a US manufacturer for a licensed range of clothing, including caps, shirts and jackets.

Stephanie Knowles has been appointed retail marketing director for Akzo Nobel Decorative Coatings, which markets Crown Paints.

Selfridges is tying with Paris store Printemps and Italy’s Gruppo Coin to develop co-operative marketing initiatives.

Ryanair is spending 1m to promote the launch of six new flight paths into Europe. The company will use national and regional print, press and radio, bill boards and public transport advertising.

Apple Computer (right) will no longer sell its products through Dixons. The John Lewis Partnership is now its only major high street outlet.

British Airways Holidays has appointed former leisure marketing manager of British Airways Colin Whaley as head of sales, marketing and specialist products.

Vodafone will cut its consumer off-peak rates by 50 per cent from June 1. The move will be supported by a 2.5m TV and press campaign.

World Telecom has appointed Julia McKechnie as head of marketing. She was previously head of marketing at the Financial Times newspaper.

The Committee of Advertising Practice has published its Help Note on Price Claims in Telecommunications Advertising (MW April 16).

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