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Mister Minit, the fast service franchise chain, plans to open 500 new outlets in Germany. In place of the company’s traditional kiosks, the new outlets will be on sites of up to 100 square metres and will offer services such as dry cleaning, film development and printing.

Casino, the French supermarket and hypermarket operator, is to open six new Gèant outlets in Poland during 1999. Casino already operates four stores in Poland and has plans for a total of 25.

Disney has scored an own goal in Italy with ads for its Topolino magazine. The campaign features Juventus star Alessandro del Piero refusing to take the field until he has finished reading the magazine. Shortly after filming the ad, Del Piero sustained an injury which will keep him out of the game for the rest of the season.

Migros is suing an ex-management team from Konsum, the Austrian retail chain it acquired in 1993, for the sum of 3 billion Schillings (150m). The amount corresponds to Konsum’s debts when the company was declared bankrupt, in 1995…

…Max Madêrin, head of Pro Migros AG, a pressure group demanding that Migros transform itself into a limited company, says he will continue with his efforts, despite a declaration by Migros members that the group’s statute makes such a move impossible.

Danone has appointed Pedro Medina to head its worldwide mineral water business. Medina, 38, has previous experience at Frito Lay and Procter & Gamble. Danone’s brand portfolio includes Evian, Volvic and Ferrarelle.

Infratest Burke, the German market research company, has been bought by the US panel specialist NFO Worldwide. The deal makes Connecticut-based NFO the world’s sixth largest market research organisation.

Auchan is to test hypermarkets which stock one line of goods only. Two stores will open initially, in spring next year, one offering only drinks, the other specialising in fruit and vegetables.

Telefnica, the Spanish telecoms operator, has unveiled a Pta. 5,800m (24m) image makeover, designed to unify its branding on a global basis. The redesign was handled by Diefenbach Elkins, a division of McCann Erickson, and will first appear in advertising this Christmas.

Kaufhof, the German department store operator, is to sell 168 of its outlets to Divag, a joint venture between Metro and Deutsche Bank, due to poor operating results in the company’s latest financial year. The deal, which involves 11,000 jobs, becomes effective this month.

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