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  • 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...

  • 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. Britain's biggest commercial free-to-air broadcaster reported adjusted earnings per share of 16.5 pence, compared...

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 25- Mexico's Grupo Televisa on Thursday reported a 37 percent drop in profit in the fourth quarter, dragged down by higher costs and weakness in its advertising unit as it rethinks its pricing strategy. The broadcaster and Spanish-language content provider said net profit in the October to December period was 1.571 billion pesos, compared to...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Feb 24- Facebook Inc advertisers love the idea of using the social network's new anger, humor and other emoticon buttons to better target audiences, but they are: (that the company is not letting them do so right away. "I think we should be able to use it for targeting," said Jonathan Adams, chief digital officer at New York- based Maxus Americas.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- Five months ago, Facebook Inc began trying to transform its picture-sharing app, Instagram, into a money-making business. Three-quarters of its advertisers are now outside of the United States, the company said. Instagram has had distinct advantages: It uses Facebook's ad technology, which is among the most advanced and allows advertisers to...

  • BARCELONA/ TORONTO, Feb 24- BlackBerry said on Wednesday that it has acquired U.K.- based cyber security consultancy Encription, moving the company deeper into the services business as it continues to morph into a more software-focused entity amid its ongoing turnaround. The smartphone industry pioneer, which is pivoting to focus more on security software and...

  • *4th- qtr adj profit $0.58/ shr vs est $0.66/ shr. "This acquisition is game changing for us," Time Chief Executive Joe Ripp said in a statement. Time, whose stable includes Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune and Time magazine, said Viant is expected to add about $100 million to its digital advertising revenue this year.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- Dismal sales outlooks from LinkedIn Corp and Tableau Software sent their shares crashing hard on Friday, reverberating through the technology sector. LinkedIn shares plunged as much as 43 percent, wiping out about $11 billion of market value, after the social network for professionals shocked Wall Street with a revenue forecast that fell far...

  • Feb 4- LinkedIn Corp forecast current-quarter profit and revenue below analysts' estimates, citing weakness in its recruitment services business in markets outside North America. LinkedIn forecast an adjusted profit of about 55 cents per share for the first quarter, way below the average analyst estimate of 74 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 3- Switching the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium to New Mexico from an existing South Carolina site could cost the U.S. government more than $20 billion and raise safety concerns, according to a new study commissioned by the firms building the current site. High Bridge, a consultant to the nuclear industry, in its report said disposal of...

  • LONDON, Feb 1- Financial services salaries are set to rise by 4.3 percent in both Asia and Latin America this year, almost double the average increase forecast for North America and Europe, research published on Monday showed. A survey by consulting firm Mercer found wage growth in the emerging market regions would outpace the 2.4 percent and 2.3 percent...

  • Accenture reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings and revenue, helped by strong demand in North America.

  • The opening of a new Heineken manufacturing site on Sunday will mark the latest salvo in what is a brewing Asia beer war, the Financial Times reports.

  • Xerox

    Xerox reported a slightly better-than-expected quarterly profit as expenses declined 4 percent.

  • Accenture raised its revenue forecast for fiscal 2015 after contract wins helped it post better-than-expected first-quarter earnings and revenue.

  • Indian retailers are struggling to keep up online as e-commerce garner large investments.

  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

    Amazon is planning to develop its own software for placing advertisements online, The Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Yahoo named former eBay executive Maynard Webb as its permanent chairman. The move comes as CEO Marissa Mayer's turnaround effort hits the one-year mark.