Prudential consumer marketing director Mike Sommers has confirmed that the group will shed marketing staff as part of a restructuring programme. However, he says press reports of 70 marketing job losses are speculation.

Daihatsu’s UK managing director Paul Williams has left the Japanese car manufacturer. He has been replaced by David Green, who has held senior managerial roles with Inchcape, the UK franchise holder for Daihatsu.

Procter & Gamble says it is delaying the launch of Ariel Discs by a few weeks to ensure there are sufficient supplies to keep up with what it envisages will be strong demand…

…P&G has started selling its Dryel home dry-cleaning product in the Republic of Ireland.

Royal Mail director and general manager Adam Novak is to become managing director of media and marketing, in charge of a new Royal Mail direct marketing business unit, from next month.

Sega’s new Dreamcast computer games console will be launched across Europe at 199 on September 23.

The Central Office of Information has launched the logo for the 1999 Census rehearsal of the national census taking place in 2001, by design agency Minale Tattersfield.

Debenhams, the department store chain, reported an increase in first-half pre-tax profits of three per cent to 79.4m on sales up two per cent to 785.2m.

Gillette has launched a new $100m (61m) global advertising campaign through BBDO New York to support its MACH3 razors. Spend in the UK is 10.5m.

Bon Marché, the womenswear retailer, has appointed Kevin Black as managing director, Gurchait Chima as executive deputy chairman and design director, and Gurnait Chima as commercial director.

Amazon.co.uk, the UK’s leading Internet retailer, has expanded its marketing programme with the free online service provider LineOne.

Renaissance Cosmetics, which traded as Dana in the UK, has sold its Insignia, Rapport and Mandate men’s toiletries brands to Health & Beauty Focus.

Oldeani, the watch and clock specialist, has created a range of branded watches for four Suzuki motorbike models. The watches will be sold through Suzuki dealerships.

Mexican beer Sol has been repackaged to coincide with a new advertising campaign this summer.

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