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  • 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.

  • LONDON, Feb 3- Sixty business leaders urged Britain's political leaders on Tuesday to commit in their election manifestos to make a swift decision on the controversial issue of London airport expansion. The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition that won the 2010 election scrapped the previous Labour government's plans to build a new runway at Heathrow,...

  • Germany overtakes UK in corporate executive pay Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    Germany has overtaken the UK as Europe's top-paid corporate executives, partly reflecting public and investor pressure on remuneration in UK companies. The Financial Times reports.

  • Early Movers: ANF, TJX, TGT, LYV, AAPL & more Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 8:01 AM ET
    A trader works the floor of the NYSE.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • Publicis to buy US-based Sapient for $3.7 billion Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 10:53 AM ET
    Publicis CEO Maurice Levy stands on the the floor of the New York Stock Exchange a day after announcing that Omnicom Group and Publicis Groupe will merge to form the world's largest advertising holding company on July 29, 2013 in New York City.

    Publicis has agreed to acquire Sapient in an all-cash transaction for $25 per share, valuing the U.S. digital advertising specialist at $3.7 billion.

  • Europe markets close sharply higher; banks lead Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:42 PM ET

    Europe shares ended the day higher after the Bank of England outlined tougher leverage rules for banks and the Bank of Japan upped stimulus measures.

  • WPP CEO: We won most of our new business from rivals Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 7:46 AM ET
    Martin Sorrell

    The CEO of WPP said most of his firm's new business in the third quarter was from clients that had left rival groups Publicis and Omnicom.

  • WPP CEO: Google is the gorilla Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 7:44 AM ET
    WPP CEO: Google is the gorilla

    Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP CEO, shares his outlook on social media stocks and changing television viewing habits.

  • Ex-Googler leads Softbank invasion of Hollywood Friday, 3 Oct 2014 | 10:33 AM ET
    Nikesh Arora

    Softbank's investment in a Hollywood movie studio represents the coming out party for two new players in the US entertainment industry.