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  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in frequent contact with top officials of pharmaceutical giant Novartis as part of a $1.2 million consulting deal, and the Swiss-based company expected him to provide access to Trump administration policymakers, according to a report Friday by a group of Senate Democrats.

  • A worker separates diamonds by size at Alrosa's sorting center in Mirny, Russia, March 26, 2018. 

    Alrosa is a dominant force in mining diamonds and it predicts origin of diamonds will be the next big question. Their obstacle, though, is trying to increase sales in the United States when their diamonds are from Russia, The New York Times reports.

  • WASHINGTON— Professional and business services drove nearly a quarter of U.S. job growth in June. The category, which includes computer systems designers, engineers, consultants and administrative staff, added 50,000 jobs during a robust month of hiring. The unemployment rate rose to 4 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.

  • For companies, the biggest worry is that Britain leaves the bloc without a deal, a so-called "hard" Brexit. For Airbus, which makes the wings for all its passenger jets in Britain, that worst-case scenario would occur if Britain is no longer part of the EU aviation safety certification agency, EASA, which gives planes and parts approvals so that they can fly.

  • *ISM nonmanufacturing index rises to 59.1 in June. WASHINGTON, July 5- U.S. services sector activity picked up in June amid strong growth in new orders, but trade tariffs and a shortage of workers were starting to strain the supply chain, which could slow momentum in the coming months. The Institute for Supply Management said its non-manufacturing activity index...

  • LONDON/ CANNES, France, July 3- This spring, Pernod Ricard's Malibu Rum paid American singer Nick Jonas to host a competition in Vietnam that began with 33 Instagram stars battling to catch fake pineapples while flying off a giant waterslide into the sea. It accounted for about $1 billion a year of advertising spend on Instagram alone last year, according to...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 3- Google's delayed entry into a consortium of advertising technology companies has spoiled the members' push to comply with a new European privacy law, six people involved in the program told Reuters, leaving some firms exposed to fines. The experience shows how Google policy decisions cascade through the $200 billion global online...

  • July 2- U.S. advertising firm Interpublic Group of Companies Inc said on Monday it would buy data mining firm Acxiom Corp's marketing solutions business for $2.3 billion in cash. The sale means that Little Rock, Arkansas- based Acxiom will part ways with a business that comprises roughly three quarters of its revenue in order to double down on its fast-growing "...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 2- Businesses engaged in online advertising are taking divergent approaches to a new European data protection law, with some shutting services to ensure compliance while others test the limits of what regulators will allow, a Reuters review shows. Some major websites continue to deliver targeted advertisements to users in Europe who have...

  • June 28- Accenture Plc's third-quarter revenue and profit came in above Wall Street estimates on Thursday as the consulting and outsourcing services provider benefited from its plan to boost investments in digital and cloud services. The Dublin, Ireland- based company has spent more than $3 billion over the last three years on some 70 acquisitions to boost...

  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, California, May 8, 2018.

    Its basic tool for buying ads now will be named Google Ads.

  • CANNES, France, June 26- Paid to have their finger on the consumer's pulse, the Mad Men of advertising are under mounting pressure from clients to adapt to a fast-changing digital age where simply shifting marketing dollars online from old media no longer cuts it as a strategy. Talk at the global industry's annual gathering in Cannes was dominated by complaints...

  • June 25- Gray Television Inc said on Monday it would buy privately held rival broadcaster Raycom Media Inc in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $3.65 billion, in a push into more local television markets and to attract additional advertising. In November, the FCC voted to remove certain roadblocks to increased consolidation among media companies, potentially...

  • June 25- AT&T Inc said on Monday it would buy online advertisement exchange company AppNexus Inc, less than a month after the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier closed its $85 billion deal to acquire media company Time Warner Inc. The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, reported...

  • Randall Stephenson

    The deal comes less than a month after it closed its $85 billion deal to acquire media company Time Warner. 

  • *Deal comes as FCC eases regulatory hurdles in the media sector. June 25- Gray Television Inc said on Monday it would buy privately held rival broadcaster Raycom Media Inc in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $3.65 billion, in a push to move into more local television markets and attract additional advertising. In November, the FCC voted to remove certain...

  • *France's JCDecaux also bidding for APN. SYDNEY, June 22- Australian billboard firm APN Outdoor Group sweetened its takeover bid for rival HT&E Ltd's bus stop advertising business on Friday, heating up an international tussle for dominance in Australia's lucrative outdoor ad market. APN has hiked by 8 percent a cash-and-scrip offer which it said values HT&E's...

  • June 22- APN Outdoor Group said on Friday it raised its takeover bid for HT&E Ltd's Adshel businesses in Australia and New Zealand to A $540 million, a day after APN itself received a takeover bid from French advertising company JCDecaux. APN said in a statement its offer includes 54.1 million of its shares, worth A $310 million based on the stock's 5- day volume...

  • BEIJING, June 21- Toyota has begun slashing costs, starting with sales and marketing, and shifting resources into research that will help it keep up with new competitors, four people familiar with the matter said. One of the company's first moves was to cancel contracts with the China unit of its long-term communication and advertising agency, Dentsu Inc, the...

  • CANNES, France, June 20- The veteran boss of advertising giant IPG said he does not recognize the talk of "doom and gloom" in his industry, arguing the holding companies are needed more than ever to help clients chart the rapidly changing territory. But Michael Roth, CEO of IPG since 2005, is having none of it. "That was the headline of the Wall Street Journal 25 years ago.