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  • Jan 9- Hellman& Friedman LLC is exploring a sale of Catalina Marketing Corp, which claims to have the world's largest shopper history database and could fetch as much as $2.5 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter.

  • UPDATE 1-EU clears $35 bln Omnicom, Publicis merger Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Jan 9- EU antitrust regulators said on Thursday they had cleared the $35 billion merger of U.S. advertising agency Omnicom and French peer Publicis without conditions. The deal creates the world's biggest advertising agency to compete better with the likes of Google and Facebook in online ad sales.

  • UPDATE 2-Accenture expects consulting business to pick up Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 12:13 PM ET

    Dec 19- Accenture Plc said it expected its consulting business to turn the corner this financial year as orders rise, building on strength in its outsourcing unit that helped the company report better-than-expected quarterly results. Accenture shares rose as much as 5 percent on Thursday.

  • Dec 19- Accenture Plc reported first-quarter results that beat analysts' estimates as increased demand for outsourcing services helped to offset a drop in income from its consulting business. Accenture's shares rose 3 percent to $78.01 before the bell on Thursday.

  • Accenture revenue rises as outsourcing demand grows Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 7:10 AM ET

    Dec 19- Accenture Plc reported a 2 percent rise in quarterly revenue as demand for outsourcing services helped to offset a drop in income from its bigger consulting business. Net income rose to $811.6 million, or $1.15 per share, in the first quarter ended Nov. 30 from $766 million, or $1.06 per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $7.36 billion from $7.22 billion.

  • UPDATE 1-Coupons marketer Valassis to be taken private Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 10:38 AM ET

    Dec 18- Marketing services provider Harland Clarke Holdings Corp said it would buy Valassis Communications Inc, a marketer of coupons and newspaper inserts, for $1.31 billion. Valassis shares jumped to $34.30, above the offer price of $34.04, suggesting investors expect a higher offer. Valassis reported revenue of $2.16 billion last year.

  • LONDON, Dec 9- Growth in global advertising spending will accelerate to 5.8 percent a year by 2015, driven by demand for marketing via mobile devices and a broad-based economic recovery, a market research group forecast on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 4- The growing online usage of ads designed to blend in with the rest of a website's content, a practice known as "native advertising," may be illegal in some instances, the Federal Trade Commission warned on Wednesday.

  • BOSTON/ WASHINGTON Dec 3- Are proxy advisory firms giving mutual funds too much help with their homework? That question is due for airing at a event in Washington on Thursday focused on the role of proxy advisers like Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass, Lewis& Co. that help funds decide how to vote at corporate annual meetings.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- Clients often ask financial adviser Grant Rawdin to teach their children about money before they send them off to college or to their first jobs. Rawdin now hands out a formal engagement letter to the younger generation to officially link them to his firm, Philadelphia- based Wescott Financial Advisory Group.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- Clients often ask financial adviser Grant Rawdin to teach their children about money before they send them off to college or to their first jobs. Rawdin now hands out a formal engagement letter to the younger generation to officially link them to his firm, Philadelphia- based Wescott Financial Advisory Group.

  • In a warning letter dated Nov. 22 and released on Monday, the FDA said it considers the company's product a medical device that therefore requires regulatory clearance, "as FDA has explained to you on numerous occasions."

  • Nov 22- U.S. companies' borrowing to spend on capital investment was unchanged in October, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association said.

  • BARCELONA, Nov 21- Japanese advertising group Dentsu is winning global media contracts for the first time through its newly-acquired Aegis business and has been taking work away from rivals Omnicom and Publicis since the two decided to merge.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 19- President Barack Obama was briefed on recommendations made by consulting firm McKinsey& Co in March on the rollout of the healthcare law, and on steps that officials in charge of the law were taking to address problems with the website, the White House said on Tuesday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 18- Salesforce.com Inc on Monday said quarterly revenue rose 36 percent to $1.08 billion, narrowly beating Wall Street expectations, as its June acquisition of email marketing firm ExactTarget boosted sales.

  • LONDON, Nov 18- Capita's veteran boss Paul Pindar, who built a small IT consultancy into Britain's largest outsourcing group, is to step down after 26 years with the company, walking away from a sector facing greater scrutiny for being too reliant on a few major firms.

  • New media investing in favor but hazards lurk Sunday, 17 Nov 2013 | 9:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 17- New media websites from BuzzFeed to Business Insider are on a roll lately, showered with dollars from venture capitalists betting that they will crack an advertising market that has stymied traditional media companies.

  • NEW YORK/ HONG KONG, Nov 14- JPMorgan Chase& Co paid $1.8 million over two years to a small consulting firm run by the daughter of former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, The New York Times reported on Thursday, a relationship that is part of a wider U.S. probe into the Wall Street bank's hiring practices in the region.

  • *JPMorgan had 2006-08 contract with consultancy run by Lily Chang- NYTimes. HONG KONG, Nov 14- JPMorgan paid $1.8 million over two years to a small consulting firm run by the daughter of former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, The New York Times reported on Thursday, a relationship that is part of a wider U.S. probe into the Wall Street bank's hiring practices in the region.

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