The Week: Lowe under threat as John Lewis reviews £20m account

John Lewis is reviewing its £20 million advertising account, held by Lowe London. The pitch is being handled by the AAR, which is currently compiling a shortlist of agencies.

Lowe, which picked up the account in 2006, will repitch for the business. Ed Morris, its managing partner creative, said: "Fuelled by my complete commitment to the agency, John Lewis and the fantastic work we are capable of doing together, I will be leading the charge."

Craig Inglis, the head of brand communications at John Lewis, added: "Our relationship with Lowe has been a happy one and they have delivered some outstanding work for us. However, as we are carefully evaluating all our costs in the current economic climate, we feel that this is the right time to put our account out for review."

Manning Gottlieb OMD and Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw, which handle media and DM respectively, are unaffected by the review.