Digests

Sainsbury’s is expected to announce up to 350 job losses at its London headquarters, including some marketing posts, when it reveals its fourth-quarter trading statement this Friday.

Barclays Bank group chief executive Michael O’Neill (right) resigned yesterday (Tuesday), on the day he was due to take up the position. O’Neill has decided to retire from business altogether for health reasons, and Sir Peter Middleton will continue as acting chief executive until a replacement is found.

Nestlé is in talks to sell off its Findus frozen food range to EQT Scandinavia BV, a Scandinavian investor group.

BT Worldwide has launched a free marketing resource on the Internet called Global Information Exchange for Business.

Vauxhall’s GM Card is extending its reward scheme to include discounts on used Vauxhall cars and new UK-distributed Cadillacs and Chevrolets, in addition to the reduction it offers on new Vauxhall cars.

Monsoon launches its new Home Collection range of bed and table linen, china and ceramics in 32 stores and opens a standalone Home Collection shop on May 1.

Georgio Armani has appointed the man responsible for Calvin Kleins’ advertising, Robert Triefus, corporate vice-president worldwide communications.

One-2-One is to spend 8m promoting the new 10p and 2p flat-rate call charges launched this week. They cut previous call charges by up to 50 per cent.

Dixons has appointed its corporate development director John Pluthero as chief executive of Freeserve. The appointment follows the company’s announcement that it is to look at partially floating the free Internet service.

Vodafone Retail Stores and Thistle Hotels have teamed up with Alliance & Leicester for its MoneyBack credit card. Under the arrangement A&L card holders will receive cash back worth one per cent of all Vodafone and Thistle items purchased with the card.

Bickford’s, an Australian drinks company, is to launch its Red Ant bottled lager, a range of carbonated fruit drinks called Esprit, and its Cafecino carbonated coffee drink in the UK.

Marketing Week is holding a one-day conference, called Going Organic, on Wednesday June 16 supported by the Soil Association. It will look at how companies can take advantage of the growth in organic products and suppliers, with speakers from Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Jordan Cereals.

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