Philips media to Carat

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Philips, the international consumer electronics giant based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has consolidated its estimated $200 million media planning and buying business for all divisions in western and eastern Europe with the Carat Group. The divisions include Sound & Vision, Domestic Appliances & Personal Care and Lighting. D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles' and Euro RSCG's creative work for Philips are unaffected. Previously DMB&B and Euro RSCG handled most of Philips' media in Europe. Local planning and buying will be handled through Carat's European network, with pan-regional activities and media management coordinated by Carat International in London and Amsterdam.

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