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  • *Publicis aims to boost growth after failed Omnicom merger. The French group is hoping rapid growth in both North American and Internet advertising, which are far outpacing European and traditional ad formats, will help it catch up with sales gains at rivals such as WPP and Interpublic. Chief Executive Maurice Levy has blamed Publicis' recent poor performance...

  • *Publicis aims to boost growth after failed Omnicom merger. The French group is hoping rapid growth in both North American and internet advertising, which are far outpacing European and traditional ad formats, will help it catch up with sales gains at rivals such as WPP and Interpublic. Chief Executive Maurice Levy has blamed Publicis' recent poor performance...

  • PARIS, Nov 3- Publicis, the world's third-largest advertising holding company, has agreed to buy digital ad specialist Sapient for $3.7 billion in cash as it seeks to accelerate growth after a botched merger earlier this year. For Publicis Chief Executive Maurice Levy, the deal is part of a push to revitalise the group at a time when its quarterly top-line growth...

  • Morgan Stanley board member Griffith Sexton retires Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 5:14 PM ET

    Oct 31- Morgan Stanley said Griffith Sexton, a director since 2005, retired from its board. Sexton was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley from 1973 to 1995, after which he taught at Columbia Business School and Princeton University as a visiting lecturer. He was also an advisory director at Morgan Stanley from May 1995 to September 2008.

  • Ad tech firm Simulmedia ties TV spots to purchases Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 5:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 31- Advertising company Simulmedia said it can now tie TV commercials to purchases by using data from set-top boxes to help marketers reach specific, more defined audiences. "There is a tremendous appetite in the industry to make your TV advertising smarter and data is a part of that," said Melissa Keller, executive vice president integrated...

  • Google's YouTube explores paid, ad-free video service Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 28- YouTube, the popular online video service owned by Google Inc, is planning to offer a paid, ad-free version, the head of the site said. "There are going to be cases where people are going to say' I don't want to see the ads or I want to have a different kind of experience'," Susan Wojcicki, a Google senior vice president who heads the YouTube business, said...

  • Oct 22- Advertising company Interpublic Group of Cos Inc reported quarterly revenue above analysts' expectations, helped by higher ad spending by U.S. businesses. Interpublic, whose clients include General Motors Co, Unilever Plc and Johnson& Johnson, reported organic revenue growth of 6.3 percent in the third quarter ended Sept 30. Interpublic, home to...

  • Oct 22- Advertising company Interpublic Group of Cos Inc reported an 8.3 percent rise in third-quarter revenue, helped by higher ad spending by U.S. businesses. Interpublic, whose agencies include McCann Erickson and FCB, said revenue rose to $1.84 billion in the three months ended Sept. 30 from $1.70 billion a year earlier. Net income available to common...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 21- Yahoo Inc reported a modest increase in revenue during the third quarter, exceeding lackluster Wall Street targets, as the Internet company's online display advertising business continued to struggle. Yahoo's revenue growth has stalled in recent years as its once-hot Web portal and email service have lagged rivals such as Google Inc...

  • Oct 21- Online search and advertising company Yahoo Inc is in talks to buy digital video advertising service provider BrightRoll for around $700 million, tech blog TechCrunch reported. Term sheets have been signed and the price, if the deal is completed, looks likely to be in the region of $700 million- $725 million, the blog reported, without citing sources.

  • Oct 21- Omnicom Group Inc said it was on track to exceed its full-year organic revenue growth target, thanks to increased advertising by U.S. businesses. Omnicom, whose $35 billion merger with France's Publicis Groupe SA was called off in May, forecast full-year organic revenue growth of around 4 percent in February. Omnicom's clients include Apple Inc,...

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. ad spending boosts Omnicom third quarter Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    Oct 21- Omnicom Group Inc, the No. 1 U.S. advertising company, reported quarterly revenue and profit above analysts' expectations, boosted by higher ad spending in the United States. Omnicom, whose merger with France's Publicis Groupe SA was aborted in May, said revenue rose 7.4 percent to $3.75 billion in the third quarter while ad revenue rose 12.5 percent.

  • Oct 21- Omnicom Group Inc, the No. 1 U.S. advertising company, reported a 7.4 percent rise in quarterly revenue, boosted by higher ad spending by businesses in North America. Revenue rose to $3.75 billion in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from $3.49 billion a year earlier. Net income available for common shareholders rose to $239.5 million, or 95 cents per share, from...

  • BOSTON, Oct 20- The $108 billion Fidelity Contrafund continues to have a big appetite for Facebook Inc's stock, adding to its position in the social media company during the third quarter and praising its mobile ad revenue growth and "visionary management." The fund, which is the largest mutual fund owner of Facebook, disclosed adding to its position in its...

  • Google's weakening ad revenue growth hides rising stars Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 8:32 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 16- Google Inc's decelerating advertising business is masking the stellar growth of significant but little-noticed business components such as sales of digital music, software and mobile devices. On Thursday, Google reported weakening growth in ad volumes in the third quarter, fanning worries on Wall Street about the Internet company's...

  • *Other major listings in Tokyo this year have flopped. TOKYO, Oct 16- Staffing firm Recruit Holdings Co Ltd surged in its market debut in Tokyo on Thursday, with investors leaping at a rare opportunity to grab part of a big Japanese company with strong online growth prospects. It values the company at around $18 billion- on par with Sony Corp and more than...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 6- When Chris Costello wanted to test his new online 401 advice service called blooom, he asked his sister if she would let him peek under the hood of her account. The difference can be more than 3 percent a year on returns or up to 80 percent over 25 years, according to a recent study by benefits consultant Aon Hewitt and 401 advice service Financial...

  • YOUR MONEY-Five ways to get help with your 401(k) Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 2:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 7- When Chris Costello wanted to test his new online 401 advice service called blooom, he asked his sister if she would let him peek under the hood of her account. The difference can be more than 3 percent a year on returns or up to 80 percent over 25 years, according to a recent study by benefits consultant Aon Hewitt and 401 advice service Financial...

  • PARIS, Oct 2- Ad agency Publicis has kept hold of a major contract with Samsung Electronics, a person familiar with the matter said, calming worries it would lose a client analysts said brought in some 70 million euros last year. Publicis shares were down 0.8 percent at 1531 GMT on Thursday, amid losses across European markets on statements from the European...

  • Online auctioneer Liquidity Services to cut 130 jobs Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 6:03 PM ET

    Oct 1- Online auctioneer Liquidity Services Inc said it will cut about 130 full-time and temporary jobs through 2015 after it paid more for a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to auction goods such as field gear and boats. Losing a contract to auction DoD vehicles also led to the job cuts, spokeswoman Julie Davis said. The company, which provides online...