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  • 2007- USA- Competitors and consumer groups push U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's acquisition of online display advertising firm DoubleClick. 2009-2010- EUROPE- Rivals and industry trade groups file complaints against Google to a variety of national regulators in Europe, citing competition concerns. 2010- EUROPE- European Commission...

  • TORONTO, March 31- The financial health of Canadian pension funds declined in the first quarter of 2016, affected by volatile currency markets, weakness in equity markets and lower bond yields, consultancy Aon said on Thursday. Canada's largest public pension funds have continued to perform strongly, benefiting from their strategy of investing in assets...

  • ISTANBUL, March 31- Turkey's health ministry said it has launched an investigation into allegations a drugmaker, which it did not name, secured $85 million in business advantages through bribery. Reuters reported this week an anonymous whistleblower has accused Swiss company Novartis of paying bribes through a consulting firm to secure advantages worth an...

  • NEW YORK, March 30- J. Walter Thompson urged a federal judge not to make public a video purporting to show its recently replaced chief executive making sexist and racist slurs, saying it would fan a media feeding frenzy surrounding the case and his abrupt departure. The ad agency made its request on Tuesday night in Manhattan federal court, 12 days after JWT, a unit of...

  • *Whistleblower email alleges bribes paid to boost business. LONDON, March 29- An anonymous whistleblower has accused Swiss drugmaker Novartis of paying bribes in Turkey through a consulting firm to secure business advantages worth an estimated $85 million, according to a Feb. 17 email seen by Reuters. The anonymous sender's 5,000- word email to Novartis Chief...

  • March 24- Accenture Plc raised its full-year net revenue forecast well above analysts' expectations and reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, led by strong growth in its consulting business, especially in North America. Accenture, which is incorporated in Ireland but run out of Chicago, said on Thursday it now expected full-year net...

  • March 24- Accenture Plc reported quarterly revenue and profit above analysts' expectations, led by strong growth in its consulting business, especially in North America. Revenue in the company's consulting division rose to $4.29 billion, an increase of 12 percent in U.S. dollars and 18 percent in local currency in the second quarter ended Feb. 29.

  • March 24- Accenture Plc reported a 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by strong growth in its consulting business, especially in North America. Net revenue, or revenue before reimbursements, rose to $7.95 billion in the second quarter ended Feb. 29 from $7.49 billion. Net income attributable to Accenture rose to $1.33 billion, or $2.08 per share, from...

  • March 23- Borrowing by U.S. companies to spend on capital investment declined 2 percent in February, trade association Equipment Leasing and Finance Association said. Credit approvals totaled 79.2 percent in February, up from 78.0 percent in January, said ELFA, a Washington- based trade association that reports economic activity for the $1 trillion equipment...

  • NEW YORK, March 17- The chief executive of the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency resigned on Thursday, one week after being accused by a female subordinate in a lawsuit of a stream of racist and sexist behavior. Martinez, an Argentina native and the first Hispanic chief executive of a global advertising agency, had been JWT's chairman and chief executive since...

  • NEW YORK, March 17- The chief executive of the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency resigned on Thursday, one week after being accused by a female subordinate in a lawsuit of making a stream of racist and sexist slurs, subjecting her to unwanted touching, and other "abusive" behavior. WPP Plc, J. Walter Thompson's parent, said Gustavo Martinez resigned "by mutual...

  • Users visiting the websites of the New York Times, Newsweek, BBC and AOL, among others, may have installed malware on their computers if they clicked on the malicious ads. Bresntsmedia.com, the website used by hackers to serve up malware, expired on Jan. 1 and was registered again on March 6 by a different buyer, security researchers at Trustwave SpiderLabs wrote in a...

  • NEW YORK, March 15- A former human resources consultant from Atlanta who admitted to participating in a $1.1 million insider trading scheme with a film producer avoided prison on Tuesday, as a federal judge rejected prosecutors' request for him to be incarcerated. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan had argued that a sentence of 37 to 46 months was reasonable for...

  • *CEO of WPP's J. Walter Thompson accused of abusive conduct. NEW YORK, March 10- J. Walter Thompson's chairman makes "constant racist and sexist slurs" that demean women, blacks and Jews, and the advertising agency has retaliated against a top female executive for complaining about his "abusive" behavior, a lawsuit claims. In a complaint filed on Thursday in the...

  • *CEO of WPP's J. Walter Thompson accused of abusive conduct. NEW YORK, March 10- J. Walter Thompson's chairman makes "constant racist and sexist slurs" that demean women, blacks and Jews, and the advertising agency has retaliated against a top female executive for complaining about his "abusive" behavior, a lawsuit claims. In a complaint filed on Thursday in Manhattan...

  • *Desktop browser with ad-blocker is prelude to mobile versions. FRANKFURT, March 10- Norwegian company Opera is introducing a new version of its desktop computer browser that promises to load web pages faster by incorporating ad-blocking, a move that makes reining in advertising a basic feature instead of an afterthought. The Norwegian company, which has...

  • LONDON, March 4- WPP outperformed global advertising rivals Omnicom and Publicis by winning big accounts in 2015, beating sales forecasts and saying it had made a solid start to 2016 despite some difficult markets. The world's largest ad group said on Friday strong demand in North America, Britain and the big markets of Europe helped it post its best growth of...

  • LONDON, March 4- Strong growth in North America and a spate of major account wins helped WPP, the world's biggest advertising company, to end 2015 with the best growth of the year and start 2016 on a solid footing. WPP enjoyed strong demand in North America, Britain and the big markets of western Europe. Led by high-profile businessman Martin Sorrell, the group said it...

  • LOS ANGELES, March 3- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc has hired Burson- Marsteller as its U.S. agency of record as it works to recover from a string of food safety lapses that sickened hundreds of people and battered sales, PRWeek reported on Thursday. Burson- Marsteller, a global strategic communications and public relations firm, is known for helping Johnson& Johnson...

  • LONDON, March 2- Britain's ITV said it expected to outperform the television advertising market in 2016 after reporting a 20 percent jump in 2015 earnings per share and returning 400 million pounds to shareholders with a special dividend. But the share of viewing achieved by its main ITV channel fell 4 percent in 2015, which it put down to the launch of new...