2 November 2000

British Gas to offer free accidental death cover

British Gas is planning to provide all its 14 million gas and electricity customers with free insurance to cover unpaid bills in the event of accidental death. It claims to be the first utility company to offer the service, which launches on November 1, free to customers. St Andrew’s Insurance Company, one of the insurers […]


Procter & Gamble has reported sales for the quarter ending September 30 up one per cent to $9.97bn (£6.88bn), compared with the same period last year.

Glad to be grey?

Baby boomers’ determination to grow old disgracefully is making it more difficult than ever to target the over-50s as a coherent group. But that hasn’t stopped some people from trying


Online Travel Company has relaunched after tying up a deal to offer services via BTopenworld.


Red Grey is to launch its first £4m national TV advertising for Clover, a Dairy Crest brand, since winning the account in January this year. The advertising will be rolled out on November 20.

Interbrew tactics cripple Bass deal

After allegedly breaking EU competition rules, Interbrew finds itself caught in a pincer movement by European and UK regulators and may yet live to regret its controversial acquisition of Bass Brewers.


Buystream (www.buystream.com) arrives in the UK this week to ‘help websites improve their e-commerce facilities and boost revenue’. The company is targeting e-tailers with the promise of reducing the complexity of converting online browsers into buyers. It’s main product, Buystream Merchant 2.0, ‘analyses the factors and attributes that drive visitor behaviour on e-commerce sites in […]


Bertelsmann, one of the five big record companies suing Internet music site Napster, broke ranks with its rivals yesterday by announcing an alliance with Napster to develop a royalty-paying membership-based service. It will drop its copyright infringement lawsuit once it is launched.

Arden sale to offer FFI a UK presence

Consumer goods giant Unilever is to sell its Elizabeth Arden business to US-based FFI Fragrances for $225m (£155m) giving the perfume company a UK presence. The brands involved in the sale to FFI Fragrances include skincare brands Ceramides, Millennium and Visible Difference and Elizabeth Arden cosmetics line. The deal offers the company, which already has […]


nPower has appointed Nick Turton as customer services director. The former Natwest executive will report to nPower managing director Steve Fletcher.


The Polish Government has said it wants to lift all limits on foreign ownership of local media outlets, which currently block non-domestic firms from owning more than a 33 per cent stake in the country’s radio and television stations. A proposed amendment to the media law, which will now go to parliament, will bring Polish […]

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