Thorn has appointed former Signet chief executive Laurence Cooklin as group chief executive.

Speedo International has hired Joe Fields, chief executive of Pentland North America, as president. Former president Mark Hammersley moves to director of special projects at Pentland Group UK.

LVMH has increased its share of Italian fashion house Gucci to over 14 per cent, having acquired 9.5 per cent from Prada.

CNN International this week launches its new on-air look, designed by Attik in London and Velvet in Munich.

The Scottish Premier League has signed a sponsorship deal with the Express Newspaper’s Scottish Express title.

Kingfisher, the retail group which owns Superdrug, Comet, B&Q and Woolworths, has reported like-for-like sales growth of 3.2 per cent for the Christmas period. . .

…retail sales growth over the three months to December 31 was -0.3 per cent, according to new figures published by the British Retail Consortium. This is the first time the figure has been negative since it was first used in March 1994.

The Professional Windsurfers Association has voted to accept tobacco sponsorship for the 1999 season.

Batchelors Slim a Soup is to be relaunched with a 1m marketing budget.

Mattel has signed a deal with Ferrari to license toys, clothes and games and puzzles.

Hasbro’s marketing department has been extended to include a new category of confectionery.

Internet shopping sales are expected to reach 1bn this year and 6bn by 2003, according to a study by retail consultants Verdict Research (See also Factfile, page 28).

S4C, the Welsh TV company, has hired former National Museum of Wales marketing officer Eleri Twynog Davies as head of marketing.

David Gryn, head of communications at the publishing and merchandising company Zone, has left to start a marketing consultancy wg marketing. Gryn is joined by Lyn Winter, former head of advertising trade marketing at MTV Europe.

The Dairy Crest Group has acquired Great Yarmouth-based Longs Dairies for 4m.

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