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  • NEW YORK/ LONDON May 11- The collapse of the $35 billion merger of New York- based Omnicom with France's Publicis is likely to lead the world's biggest ad agencies to think small as they try to counter the challenge from internet giants like Google.

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK/ PARIS May 9- The $35 billion merger of U.S.-based Omnicom and France's Publicis collapsed on Friday after a battle for control destroyed plans to create the world's largest advertising agency. "I have not been able to convince John that balance is balance," Publicis Chief Executive Maurice Levy said of his Omnicom counterpart John Wren.

  • *CEO Maurice Levy says Publicis needs to be bigger. PARIS, May 9- Advertising agency Publicis will probably return money to shareholders and pursue smaller acquisitions this year as it seeks to get back on track after the failure of a $35 billion merger with U.S. peer Omnicom.

  • May 7- General Motors Co has re-hired Steve Harris, its top spokesman during the automaker's slide into bankruptcy, as it faces a new public relations crisis caused by a deadly ignition defect that has forced it to recall 2.6 million vehicles. The move, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, will be "on a contract basis for a limited time," Martin added.

  • May 7- AOL Inc on Wednesday reported its quarterly profit fell, missing expectations as it sheds businesses and upgrades its advertising operations, sending its stock tumbling 22 percent.

  • "The Fed may get more raucous about what to do next as tapering draws to a close," Alan Blinder, a banking industry consultant and economics professor at Princeton University said in a speech to the Investment Management Consultants Association in Boston.

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK/ PARIS, May 1- Publicis and Omnicom have lost more than $1.5 billion of client work in recent weeks and face a fight to retain billions more, including a huge Samsung contract, just as the two advertising firms struggle to keep their merger on track.

  • Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of the New York state's Department of Financial Services, said, "I think... you will see results this summer" from a continuing investigation of consultants hired at the behest of regulators.

  • LONDON, April 25- WPP, the world's largest advertising group, reported a much better than expected 7 percent rise in first quarter like-for-like revenue growth and said it had seen a surge in new client wins due to changes in the industry.

  • WPP thumps forecasts with strong Q1 organic growth Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    LONDON, April 25- WPP, the world's largest advertising group, reported first quarter like-for-like revenue growth of 7 percent, much better than expected, and said it had seen a surge in new business wins due to changes in the industry.

  • Pandora's rise in ad revenue helps beat expectations Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 5:03 PM ET

    April 24- Pandora Media Inc reported a better-than-expected rise in first quarter revenue on Thursday because advertisers picked up spending on the online streaming music service. Total revenue rose almost 70 percent to $194.3 million, beating analysts expectations of $175 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

  • AOL, Microsoft lure advertisers with TV-style shows Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 3:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, April 23- Technology powerhouses like Microsoft Corp and AOL Inc are flexing their muscles as storytellers, parading TV network-style shows before advertisers at an annual digital content showcase in New York next week.

  • AOL chief communications officer leaves after one year Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 5:53 PM ET

    April 22- AOL head of communications Peter Land left the company on Tuesday after a year working there, marking the latest public relations executive to depart the company. AOL Inc attributed Land's departure to a reorganization of the communications department.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 22- Google Inc will allow marketers to run online ads that send consumers to a page directly inside a mobile app, furthering the Internet company's effort to extend its multibillion-dollar advertising business to smartphones.

  • *U.S. revenue rises 4 pct at Omnicom, 5 pct at Interpublic. *Omnicom 1st- qtr revenue $3.50 bln vs est $3.48 bln. April 22- Omnicom Group Inc, the No. 1 U.S. advertising company, said it was unable to predict when its $35.1 billion merger with France's Publicis Groupe SA would close as the deal was yet to win some key approvals.

  • April 22- The federal judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case tapped a top restructuring official at Phoenix Management Services on Tuesday to help the court determine if the city's plan to adjust its $18 billion of debt is feasible.

  • *U.S. revenue rises 4 pct at Omnicom, 5 pct at Interpublic. *Interpublic revenue $1.64 bln vs est $1.60 bln. April 22- U.S. advertising companies Omnicom Group Inc and Interpublic Group of Cos reported better-than-expected revenue, mainly due to higher ad spending in their home market.

  • Omnicom revenue rises as U.S. ad spending improves Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    April 22- Omnicom Group Inc, the largest U.S. advertising company, reported a 3 percent rise in quarterly revenue due mainly to higher growth in its home market. Omnicom, which owns agencies such as BBDO Worldwide and Goodby, Silverstein& Partners, said revenue rose to $3.50 billion in the first quarter from $3.39 billion a year earlier.

  • April 22- Advertising company Interpublic Group of Cos reported a 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue and a smaller loss, helped by higher spending in the United States. Interpublic, whose agencies include McCann Erickson and Draftfcb, said revenue rose to $1.64 billion in the first quarter from $1.54 billion a year earlier.

  • April 17- Google Inc's disappointing first-quarter results left Wall Street unfazed about the internet giant's ability to come to grips with the shift to the fast-growing mobile advertising market. Google shares were down about 3 percent in early trading on Thursday, and at least 12 brokerages cut their target price on the stock.