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  • Dunnhumby and its U.S. partner, The Kroger Co, said on Monday they had agreed to change their exclusive joint venture deal, enabling Dunnhumby to work with other retailers and consumer goods companies in North America. Kroger said that as part of the deal it would take on a license to use Dunnhumby's technology and retain 500 staff to continue to find customer...

  • LONDON, April 23- Britain's top equity index pushed higher on Thursday, boosted by a bump-up for utilities stocks just two weeks ahead of the UK's general election. United Utilities rose 1.8 percent, SSE advanced 1.1 percent and National Grid rose 0.6 percent after investment bank Citigroup said the sector would be favoured as a protection against any market...

  • British stocks flat after retail sales drop Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:06 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 barely changed after retail sales figures. *WPP falls after disappointing Q1 sales. Utilities stocks including United Utilities and SSE were up more than 1 percent after a broker update from Citi said election volatility would affect the sector going forward, adding that National Grid was the most immune in its view.

  • Online ad revenue at risk in war on 'click fraud' Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK/ BOSTON, March 23- A growing number of U.S. companies, including MillerCoors and AIG, are stepping up the battle against online ad fraud by demanding proof that their ads have been seen by real people instead of computers hijacked by cybercriminals. "We don't want to be paying for non-human traffic," said Mark Clowes, global head of advertising at American...

  • SEOUL/ SINGAPORE, March 17- Singapore Airlines Ltd is in talks to buy a stake in South Korea's largest low-cost carrier Jeju Air Co Ltd, a deal that would be the flag carrier's first foray into North Asia where rising demand from Chinese passengers is fuelling growth. Singapore Airlines and Jeju Air said on Tuesday they were in talks about a possible investment, but...

  • WPP's Sorrell to receive shares worth 36 mln pounds Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 4:48 AM ET

    LONDON, March 16- WPP Chief Executive Martin Sorrell is set to receive shares worth 36 million pounds this year as part of a scheme dependent on the company's performance, the British firm said on Monday. WPP, the world's largest advertising firm, said Sorrell had received 2.3 million shares as part of a scheme dating back to 2010.. WPP said the payout followed a five...

  • UPDATE 1-Shell CEO's total pay soars to $25.7 mln Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    LONDON, March 12- Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden will earn a total 24.2 million euros for 2014, making him one of the highest-earning FTSE 100 bosses despite last year's sharp fall in oil prices. His 2014 compensation, when calculated in British pounds, places him as the second-highest-paid senior executive on the FTSE 100 share index after...

  • Europe stocks end lower amid ECB QE, US hike fears Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 12:40 PM ET

    European equities finished lower on Monday as the European Central Bank kicked off its bond-buying program.

  • LONDON, March 9- WPP strengthened its position at the top of the advertising industry last year as its geographical reach and strong digital sales gave it the edge over its two closest rivals, who were distracted by a failed merger. WPP, which counts the likes of Ford, Unilever and Microsoft among its clients, reported a 3.3 percent rise in 2014 like-for-like net...

  • LONDON, March 9- Britain's WPP, the world's biggest advertising company, said it had seen strong trading in January after reporting 2014 results broadly in line with forecasts due to strong growth in all regions. Its underlying growth was helped by estimated net new business billings of 5.8 billion pounds in the year, which put WPP at the top of the net new business...

  • LONDON, March 9- Britain's WPP, the world's biggest advertising company, said it had seen strong trading in January after reporting 2014 results broadly in line with forecasts due to strong growth in North America and Britain. WPP said like-for-like net sales in January were up 3.9 percent, ahead of the 3.3 percent growth it recorded for the full 2014 year.

  • Here's what could sting stocks in the week ahead Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 6:38 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    With just a few key economic reports due next week, markets could be buffeted more by expectations the Fed could move sooner on interest rates.

  • What to expect from WPP earnings   Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 11:20 AM ET
    What to expect from WPP earnings

    Advertising giant WPP is set to announce its full-year earnings next week. Thomas Singlehurst, head of European media equity research at Citi, discusses what to expect.

  • Want to go viral like #TheDress? Friday’s the day Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 6:47 AM ET

    The global fervor over #TheDress may be down to timing — one digital expert told CNBC. Stories are most likely to go viral when posted on Fridays.

  • DETROIT, March 2- General Motors Co wants to boost the U.S. market share for its GMC truck brand by two-thirds over the next decade by advertising more heavily and introducing new vehicles, a top executive said on Monday. To help with its goal to boost its share to 5 percent from about 3 percent now, it is almost doubling spending on the brand in that time frame,...

  • WPP: Not worried about doing business in China   Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 6:38 PM ET
    WPP: Not worried about doing business in China

    Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, explains why he is not worried about the terms of doing business in the China following news that Beijing is reviewing drafts of its first counterterrorism law.

  • *Business could campaign to keep Britain in EU. LONDON, Feb 19- British opposition leader Ed Miliband has so alarmed business executives with his talk of' asset strippers' and' tax dodgers' that many want a Conservative win at the election, even if it carries the risk of an exit from Europe. As a result, executives are backing David Cameron's Conservatives, even though...

  • *Business could campaign to keep Britain in EU. LONDON, Feb 19- British opposition leader Ed Miliband has so alarmed business executives with his talk of' asset strippers' and' tax dodgers' that many want a Conservative win at the election, even if it carries the risk of an exit from Europe. As a result, executives are backing David Cameron's Conservatives, even though...

  • *CEO Levy aims to regain support after Omnicom deal failure. PARIS, Feb 12- France's Publicis promised business would pick up in the second half of this year as the advertising agency recovered from a tough 2014 marred by a failed mega-merger with U.S. peer Omnicom. Publicis Chief Executive Maurice Levy is trying to win back investor support after the agency's...

  • Publicis picks itself up from failed Omnicom deal Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 1:55 AM ET

    France's Publicis promised business would pick up in the second half of this year as the advertising agency recovered from a tough 2014.