Kimberly-Clark says it has issued a writ against The Blue-Chip Marketing Consultancy ‘in relation to costs charged to Kimberly-Clark for the supply of promotional goods and services’. Blue-Chip Marketing says it has issued a counter-claim.

Budgens, the supermarket chain, has pulled out of merger talks with food services company Booker.

Starbucks Coffee Company opens its first London café this week on Kings Road. The company plans to open 80 cafes in the UK by the end of the year.

The Department of Trade & Industry has given merger clearance to Gala Club’s acquisition of Ritz Clubs and Road Chef’s acquisition of Blue Boar Group and Take A Break Motorway Services.

BT launches a 5m advertising campaign for its home use Internet service, BT Highway, this week. The TV and press ads by Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO will be followed by a radio campaign and magazine inserts.

Travelodge budget hotel chain is running its first advertising campaign, through TBA Marketing. The 1m push (right) features ex-BBC weatherman Ian Macaskill and breaks on September 21.

Yellow Pages is sponsoring the Middlesex Cricket Board junior coaching programme for three years.

Lucky Strike is to launch a new in-pack collector scheme in mid-October offering accessories such as Zippo lighters to smokers who collect foils from the packets.

Tesco is to become the first UK retailer to label genetically modified soya oil and lecithin in its own-label products, although there is no legal requirement to do so.

Thomas Cook is to launch a TV, press and Teletext advertising campaign for Flight Direct – a range of 300 holiday destinations each with their own 0870 phone numbers.

JD Wetherspoon, the independent pub chain, has announced a 15 per cent rise in pre-tax profit to 20.2m on turnover up 35 per cent to 188.5m in the year to August. But it suffered a one per cent fall in like-for-like sales during August (Breweries feature, page 30).

Swedish Match is launching its biggest on-pack promotion to date on Cook’s Matches, offering more than 200,000 worth in instant win prizes from mid-September.

Vauxhall Finance has appointed tactical marketing programmes manager Andy Robson as its marketing director.

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