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FCB/Chicago retained the $60-odd million Boeing account, beating out BBDO and J. Walter Thompson, both Chicago, in a high-stakes four-month review. The win represents a huge victory for an FCB that's had a tough year, losing both the $800 million DaimlerChrysler and the $400 million AT&T Wireless accounts. FCB/Chicago recently cut 65 jobs, following $350 million in lost business when PepsiCo and Quaker Oats shifted accounts to Omnicom agencies.

Ikea put its approximately $50 million account into review after just 10 months with Carmichael Lynch/Minneapolis. The agency, which recently broke strong work for the retailer, will not participate in the review.

In a surprise leap, Leo Burnett Worldwide topped the 2001 Gunn Report - a worldwide tally of creative awards - in the Network category. Last year's winner, BBDO, was pushed to No. 2 and DDB ranked No.3. A quarter of Burnett's wins came from London, the second most-awarded office, and one that didn't even make the top 50 in 1999.

A second round of layoffs hit Fallon/Minneapolis, affecting 60 jobs, or 11 percent of its staff. Reports also surfaced that many responsibilities now handled by the New York office may be absorbed by the Midwest flagship, following $100 million in lost business and a shrinking staff.

Leagas Delaney/San Francisco will launch the $60 million Virgin Mobile cellular service in the U.S. The business was awarded to Lowe Lintas/San Francisco in January, but the shop closed soon after.

Mega-merger fallout hit Interpublic's McCann-Erickson hard when household cleaner Reckitt Benckiser yanked its $300 million account due to a perceived conflict of interest. S.C. Johnson - Reckitt's direct competitor - has $450 million of business with FCB, also owned by Interpublic.

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