Digests

Currys and Dixons stores will sell integrated digital TVs for the first time this week. The Hitachi widescreen idTVs will be available in 250 Currys stores and 110 Dixons (Cover Story, page 26).

Shell and Texaco have abandoned plans to combine their marketing and refining operations in Europe.

Italian Parma ham producers have lost their bid through the Appeal Court to prevent Asda from selling Parma ham which was sliced and packaged in the UK.

Dell has appointed Peter Blampied, former Compaq general manager for the small and medium business sector, as marketing director of its UK preferred accounts division.

Oftel, the telecommunications regulator, is to investigate whether powerful telecoms owners should be made to rent parts of their networks to rival companies.

AXA launches the television credits to support its sponsorship of the FA Cup on ITV this Sunday, during the draw for the third round. The break bumpers were created by TBWA GGT Simons Palmer.

The takeover of drinks company Matthew Clark by Canandaigua has been given the go-ahead by trade and industry secretary Peter Mandelson.

Scrabble, the word game owned by Mattel, is to be redesigned.

Interflora has appointed Steven Adams as brand marketing manager. He will oversee a new TV, press, radio and poster advertising campaign for the brand.

One-2-One, the mobile phone operator, has put a video booth into its sponsored football club Everton’s Goodison Park ground enabling fans to ask players questions. Answers will be displayed on the club’s big screens on match days.

L’Oreal is to launch a new permanent hair colour range, Feria Colour. It will be available in 19 shades from January 1999.

Nomura, the Japanese bank, is creating a new pub chain called the Unique Pub Company consisting of 2600 outlets which will be floated on the Stock Market in 2001.

Riva Clubs, the bingo chain, has appointed Michael Murphy, formerly head of trading and entertainment at Mecca Bingo, as marketing and promotions manager.

EMI’s music chief Ken Berry could earn up to $7.44m (4.6m) a year under a new contract.

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