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Compaq UK managing director Joe McNally will retain his position following the company’s merger with Digital Equipment. Chris Conway, former vice president and territory general manager of Digital UK and Ireland becomes vice president, services and solutions, Compaq EMEA.

Pearson has put the Tussauds Group up for sale. The group includes Alton Towers, Madame Tussaud’s and Chessington World of Adventures

Shell UK will send a new magazine, Thinking Business, to 50,000 clients to reinforce its corporate marketing programme and raise awareness of its products and services. The magazine was produced by The Publishing Team.

Amerada, the independent gas supplier, is launching a loyalty scheme offering NatWest credit and charge card holders a chance to earn Air Miles and make savings on their gas bills.

Rank-owned Oasis Villages has appointed former TSMS marketing executive Marc Jones as marketing manager.

Hertz has appointed Paul Woozley, former account director at direct marketing agency Wunderman Cato Johnson, as advertising manager for Hertz Europe.

The BBC has created point of sale material, including posters (right) and leaftlets, which will appear in electrical retail shops to promote the benefits of digital radio.

Sainsbury’s, The Official England Supermarket, is laying on massage and line dancing in selected stores in a bid to win the patronage of ‘football widows’. Every store nationwide will also have a ‘football free zone’.

Alldays interim results to May 3 1998 report turnover up 17 per cent to 174m and operating profit up 21 per cent to 8.2m.

Dairy Crest brands Clover spread and Cathedral City cheddar are sponsoring chefs association, The Master Chefs of Great Britain, for 12 months following the launch of MCGB Apprenticeship Scheme.

Telia UK, Swedish-owned telecoms operator, has appointed John Skarratt as marketing and customer services director.

Kingsmead Carpets Ltd has announced the appointment of Robbie Thomson as sales and marketing director.

Kingfisher now has a 61.68 per cent controlling interest in France’s second largest furniture retailer BUT after acquiring a further 35.68 per cent shareholding.

Telstra, the Australian telecommunications company, is to test a service allowing customers in Sydney to make telephone calls to London over the Internet.

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