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Olympus, the camera manufacturer, has announced that former sales and marketing director Graeme Chapman is to take on the post of UK managing director after the retirement of Barry Taylor. Ian Dickens, former communications director, becomes marketing director and Andrew Dyckhoff, former financial director, takes on the role of commercial director.

Virgin Active, Virgin’s new health club to entertainment centre, will launch its first advertising next week in advance of the opening of its first Virgin Active Life Centre in Preston.

Millions2000, the Internet lottery based in Liechtenstein, will find out whether it is legally allowed to advertise in the UK through a judicial review on May 5 and 6 at the High Court in London.

Manchester United Football Club directors expect to hear the Department of Trade & Industry’s ruling on whether the club can be sold to BSkyB on, or around, April 13.

Selfridges has announced it is considering plans to redevelop its Oxford Street site after reporting a fall in profits from 15.5m to 13.9m for the year to January 30 1999.

CRS, the Co-op retail chain, has joined Asda, Safeway, Sainsbury’s, Somerfield, Tesco, Waitrose, and Marks & Spencer in agreeing to close its stores from early evening, December 31 1999, until Monday 3 2000.

WH Smith has announced agreements with The Microsoft Network and BT to provide free Internet access.

Hamleys has announced pre-tax profits of 6.4m for the year ended 30 January 1999, down from 7.6m on 1997/1999.

Tesco is to roll out a new toy department format, called Toy Planet, designed by the Haygarth Group.

Freshlands, the organic supermarket, has announced plans to expand nationwide in the next five years.

Imperial Tobacco will take responsibility for sales and distribution of the tobacco brands it recently acquired from Douwe Egberts, which had been handled by Swedish Match. The brands include Duma and Amphora.

McVitie’s is celebrating the 60th birthday of its Penguin brand with the launch of a new baby Penguin biscuit in time for Easter.

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