Airport retail market ‘to reach 1bn’

The UK airport retail market will reach 1bn by value before the European Commission abolishes duty-free and tax-free sales in June 1999, says a new report by Mintel. In the past four years, the duty-free and tax-free sales market has risen by 62 per cent to 630m, representing 0.4 per cent of total retail sales. […]

Drink in hand and a bun in the oven

The Diary has made a mental note to steer well clear of Virgin Energy. Just weeks after cavorting with Richard Branson on a giant bed and claiming that the drink had aphrodisiac properties, Pamela Anderson has fallen pregnant. It’s known that Anderson was sent a few crates of the stuff. Perhaps it would have been […]

BACC forces Whitbread to rethink TV ads for Flowers

Whitbread’s plan to reposition its Flowers Original cask ale through TV advertising has run into trouble with the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre. Whitbread had intended to use the tag-line “a damn fine ale”, but this was rejected by the BACC, which deemed “damn” to be a swear word. Instead, Whitbread is considering changing the line […]

WH Smith backs rival to Lottery

NEWS WH Smith is considering dropping sales of National Lottery Instants scratchcards, in favour of the higher margin Scratch ‘n’ Win Lotteries scratchcard games.

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Wallis Tomlinson, the Birmingham-based agency, and TMD Carat (Manchester) have picked up the 5m account for the UK’s largest house builder, Bryant Homes. The two companies pitched together, beating Cogent, CIA and incumbent Golley Slater Brooker to the business. Leopard has been appointed by The Personal Number Company to handle its 1m account. The agency […]

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Gruner & Jahr has suspended publication of its German weekly illustrated news magazine, Tango, after 23 issues. The latest figures put its circulation at 160,000, well below the expected 500,000.

Classic FM’s sales soar as radio booms

Classic FM sales revenue is up 50 per cent on last year – mirroring growth for commercial radio as a whole – following a restructuring of its sales department. Ernest & Julio Gallo wines, Direct Line Insurance and Scottish Life have signed up with the station in the past week, accounting for more than 600,000 […]

Persil share recovers from Power disaster

Battle-scarred laundry detergent brand Persil has increased its market share for the first time in more than a year after it ditched clothes-digesting Persil Power and replaced it with New Generation Persil. According to Nielsen Scan track, Lever Brother’s Persil brand has increased its overall share (by volume) of the laundry detergents market from 20.6 […]

Forte seeks director for Le Meridien

Forte is looking for a marketing director for luxury hotel chain Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts. The chain, which is made up of 80 Meridien and Forte Grand hotels and an international workforce of 20,000, announced its executive management structure last week. But a spokeswoman said Forte was still going through the process of finding […]

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As the number of loyalty schemes continues to rise, the techniques employed are becoming universally recognised across different product categories. But, as David Reed explains, not all firms are convinced of their long-term value

Forte seeks director for Le Meridien

Forte is looking for a marketing director for luxury hotel chain Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts. The chain, which is made up of 80 Meridien and Forte Grand hotels and an international workforce of 20,000, announced its executive management structure last week. But a spokeswoman said Forte was still going through the process of finding […]

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