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Diageo and Pernod Ricard said Aug. 18 they will make a joint offer for Seagram Co.'s wine and spirits business. Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine, Bacardi Ltd. and the Bronfman family also have expressed interest in Seagram's spirits, which could fetch $8 billion.

Procter & Gamble Co. is axing its Wash'n'Go combined shampoo/conditioner brand in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg as the 2-in-1 category continues to decline. A P&G spokesman said the decision was a local one. "This isn't happening in other countries," he said.

Ian Rowden, 40, to exec VP-global advertising, Callaway Golf Co., Carlsbad, Calif., a new position, from VP-consumer communications for Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta.

Novartis had its appeal rejected by a federal appeals court, involving a Federal Trade Commission ruling that it run $8 million in ads to correct false claims made about Doan's back pillNavy picks finalists in $50 mil review

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