Month: July 2008

Watchdog and charity attack British Gas

Consumer watchdog Energywatch and Age Concern have slammed Britsih Gas after it reported profits of nearly £1bn just a day after raising gas prices by 35%. The company revealed the price hikes yesterday (July 30). The utility giant also raised electricity prices by 9%, with dual fuel packaging increasing by 25%. Energywatch and Age Concern […]

Consumer confidence at all-time low

Consumer confidence in the UK has hit an all-time low, according to a new survey. It is now at its lowest level since 1974. The GfK NOP Consumer Confidence, published today (July 31) shows that the overall index score dropped five points in July to -39, which is 33 points lower than this time last […] puts shirts on Leeds United

Leeds United FC has signed travel operator as its new shirt sponsor. The three-year deal comes after contractual difficulties with a proposed rival sponsor scuppered a deal. The new kit, complete with sponsor’s logo, will debut during Saturday’s home friendly with Belgian team FCV Dender at Elland Road. The deal will see the […]

Miss World gets interactive

Miss World has launched an interactive website and online channel to encourage fans to interact with the brand. The site will offer global advertising and sponsorship opportunities. The internet protocol TV channel (IPTV) will offer photos of the current competition and from its archives, news and programmes as well as coverage of every round of […]

The Sun reviews 9m ad business

The Sun, the News International-owned newspaper, has called a review of its 9m advertising business, currently handled by Euro RSCG. It is holding credentials meetings over the next week.

Video game classification under scrutiny

The Government has announced a consultation on a legally enforceable classification system for video games. The move follows a report by clinical psychologist Dr Tanya Byron (pictured) into the impact of gaming on children and young people (, March 25). The consultation, which will be announced today (July 31) by Culture minister Margaret Hodge, will […]

AOL reveals Platform A management team

AOL has appointed the first management team for its ad business Platform A. The six-strong team will report into Platform A UK managing director Michael Steckler. Cameran Harman (pictured), who moves from his position of commercial director of UK, will become head of product and property sales for the business, while Louise Green will […]

Unilever chief bullish despite profits fall

Unilever reported a 5% drop in operating profits for the second quarter of the year. The company says that the strong Euro, restructuring costs and rising commodity prices have hit figures. The consumer goods giant, which owns the Lynx, Dove and Persil brands, says its operating profits fell to £1.08bn, on sales down 1% to […]

Sky profit dips as subscriber figures rise

BSkyB has added 92,000 subscribers during the quarter to take its total base to 8.98 million viewers, but its operating profit has fallen 11% year-on-year for the 12 months to the end of June. Sky says subscriber growth in the last quarter was its highest for five years. The media company’s operating profit was £724m […]

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