gains during first half
Havas Advertising, Paris, parent of the Euro RSCG Worldwide and Campus agency networks, reported first-half "consolidated turnover" reached $3.04 billion, up 13% from a year ago. By region, Havas said turnover grew 108% in Latin America (where Havas has been expanding), 12% in Europe, 11% in the U.S. and was off 2% in the Asia-Pacific.
Pete's Brewing splits
with Black Rocket
Pete's Brewing Co., Palo Alto, Calif., and Black Rocket, San Francisco, have parted ways on the craft brewer's $1 million account. Pete's was acquired earlier this year by Gambrinus Co., San Antonio.
PM mulls media ads
in anti-smoking program
Philip Morris USA, which up to now has used mostly posters and brochures in its Action Against Access anti-teen-smoking program, has begun focus group testing of an anti-smoking media campaign. A Philip Morris spokeswoman said the company is looking at the effectiveness of various kinds of ads and hopes to have a decision on a campaign by late this year. Leo Burnett USA, Chicago, produced the ads being tested.
Ford has good news
Ford Motor Co. quietly consolidated its Japanese advertising at Dentsu, Tokyo. The business had been split among Dentsu, J. Walter Thompson Co. and Ogilvy & Mather. Ford said it will retain unspecified business ties with JWT and O&M in Japan. Meanwhile, in South America, Ford opted against a change after a review pitting Young & Rubicam, its Brazilian agency, against longtime Argentine agency JWT for control of a combined account. The two shops retain their existing assignments. Y&R's Brazilian account was valued at $89 million when the review opened; the Argentina account was valued at $20 million.
Snyder Communications continued its acquisition frenzy last week with the purchase of Clinical Communications Group, Greenwich, Conn., in a stock deal valued at $108 million. Clinical Communications specializes in integrated educational and marketing efforts for the pharmaceutical industry; clients include Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis, Pfizer and Zenica.
Richard Braddock, non-executive chairman of True North Communications, Chicago, is joining electronic commerce start-up Priceline.com, Stamford, Conn., as chairman-CEO. Mr. Braddock has not resigned his True North post, though his work with Priceline.com could be seen as a conflict with True North's TN Technologies unit. A True North spokeswoman said the company's board will evaluate Mr. Braddock's new affiliation in due course; the board's next scheduled meeting is Nov. 3.
FCB taps Douglas
for European post
Tony Douglas, the former joint chairman-CEO of D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, London, was named to the new post of chairman-regional director at Foote, Cone & Belding Europe. Most recently, Mr. Douglas was chief executive of the U.K.'s Central Office of Information, responsible for communicating government policy to the public.
Trans Union downplays
ruling of FTC judge
Trans Union Corp. said it expects no immediate effect on its business from a Federal Trade Commission administrative judge's ruling that Trans Union can't sell marketers some information consumers provide in seeking credit. A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals several years ago stayed the effect of any FTC curb on the sales until the commission completed its enforcement process and the case comes back to court. Two rival credit bureaus earlier stopped selling the information. The ruling is being appealed to the full FTC, after which it could return to the courts.
tea drinks in China
Coca-Cola Co. and Chinese joint venture partner Tianjin Jinmei Beverage Co. introduced a range of ready-to-drink tea products in Beijing. Touting the bottled and canned teas as the "perfect integration of mineral water and fine tea," Coca-Cola will begin large-scale promotions in Shanghai and Hangzhou.
Forbes Special Interest Publications Group and information technology services company GartnerGroup are launching Executive Edge, an every-other-monthly controlled-circulation magazine. The debut issue will be polybagged with the Oct. 19 Forbes; subsequent issues will be distributed separately to a controlled list of 50,000 senior business and information technology executives. Forbes Special Interest Publications was launched this year following Forbes' acquisition of publishing assets of The New York Times Custom Publishing Group.
Chamber of Commerce
lures Playboy's Perkins
U.S. Chamber of Commerce named Playboy Enterprises Exec VP-Chief Marketing Officer Robert J. Perkins to be president-CEO of a new chamber-backed communications company. The operation will include the chamber's national magazine, Nation's Business; its cybercasting division; and responsibility for its online business strategy
IDG magazines planned
for Ukraine, Persian Gulf
International Data Group, which publishes 285 information technology magazines in 75 countries, signed licenses for a title in Ukraine and four new magazines in Dubai. IDG is publishing the new monthly Internet Ukraine with the Ukrainian publisher of PC World Ukraine. It will debut in September and be printed in Cyrillic. In Dubai, IDG signed CPI to launch four publications to service the Persian Gulf region: an English-language Computerworld, Reseller World and Network World, and an Arabic edition of Computerworld.