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MERKLEY OUT OF PIZZA HUT RACE

Three Shops Left in Chain's Review for Second Agency

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CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- Pizza Hut Corp., Dallas, cut Omnicom Group's Merkley Newman Harty, New York, from its review to select a second agency for its account, said executives with knowledge of the matter.

Omnicom's BBDO Worldwide, New York, is the lead agency for the Tricon Global Restaurants pizza chain.

Agencies remaining

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in the review are WPP Group's Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, New York, and two independents, Cliff Freeman & Partners, New York, and Wieden & Kennedy, Portland, Ore.

A decision is expected in late February or early March.

Pizza Hut and agency officials declined comment.

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