Nike (UK) is to take Savacentre to court over allegations that the
Sainsbury’s subsidiary is selling counterfeit Nike goods in its stores.
The sports giant said HM Customs had alerted it to a ’suspicious’
consignment of 25,000 garments spotted entering the country. Nike
officials later claimed to have found examples of the polo shirts,
T-shirts and footwear at a variety of Savacentres. Nike added that the
hypermarket chain had declined to meet an ultimatum to remove the goods
from its shelves. It said late on Wednesday that it would issue a High
Court injunction the next day.
The US tobacco company, Philip Morris, is looking at returning to TV
advertising in the US with a series of public information-style films,
through Leo Burnett, aimed at curbing under-age smoking. New US
Government legislation threatens to fine tobacco companies if under-age
smoking does not decline.
Diageo, the conglomerate formed from the merger of Grand Metropolitan
and Guinness, has postponed its media centralisation pitch until
October. The company has yet to issue a brief for the pounds 60 million
business. MindShare, Carat and Zenith Media will pitch for the
Eurotunnel is talking to agencies about a project to promote its
duty-free retail operations. The company is understood to make around
pounds 500,000 a week from duty-free sales but is keen to raise consumer
awareness of the service.
The Independent has promoted Louise Moss, the advertisement manager of
the Independent on Sunday, to advertisement controller of the weekend
newspapers. Simon Cooke, the newspaper business manager at the Guardian,
has been drafted in as the display ad controller for the weekday
products and Keith Yonish, the client sales executive at the Mail on
Sunday, has been poached to be client sales manager on both the Sunday
and weekday papers. All three will report to the commercial director,
Steve Miron, until he recruits an advertisement director.
Tim Schoonmaker, the chief executive of Emap Radio, is refusing to
comment on speculation surrounding the changes made to the reporting
structure at Emap. Schoonmaker will now report to Tom Moloney, the chief
executive of the consumer magazines division, instead of Kevin Hand,
Emap’s chief executive. Industry observers have suggested that this
signals a decline in commitment to the broadcasting division from senior
The upmarket holiday company, Abercrombie & Kent, has appointed the
Strattons breakaway shop, G3, to create its first branding campaign.
Scheduled to break at the end of the year, the through-the-line task is
estimated to be worth about pounds 500,000.
CDP has promoted Simon North to the position of head of account
management and Neil Kass to be head of creative services. North, who
joined the agency seven years ago after a career in the Army, replaces
Johnny Hornby, who is moving to TBWA GGT Simons Palmer.
London News Radio has hired a commercial director to take on a beefed-up
sales role after the departure of its former head of sales, Neil
Webster. Harry Torrance joins from Media Initiatives to oversee sales,
co-ordinate the sponsorship and promotions division and head marketing
activity for LBC and News Direct. Gary Perry, who joined as head of
sales in July, will report to Torrance.
RPM3 has been appointed by Anti-Slavery International to raise awareness
of the charity’s work. ASI, the world’s oldest human rights
organisation, lobbies governments to stop people, especially young
children, being enslaved for commercial gain.
Yardley, the international cosmetics, perfume and toiletries
manufacturer, went into receivership on Wednesday and has been put up
for sale. Interested buyers are expected to come forward in the next few
days to make offers on the Yardley brand, which is advertised in the UK
by Gotham, an Interpublic agency. The accountancy firm, KPMG, is
handling the sale.