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Adverts 'worth £100bn to UK'

Advertising is worth £100bn a year to the UK economy, far more than previously thought, according to new research.

Asda's Christmas advert featuring mother almost single-handedly carrying out preparations ruled 'not sexist' after complaints

Asda's Christmas advert featuring a mother who appeared to be almost single-handedly carrying out the preparations has been cleared following more than 600 complaints that it was offensive and sexist.

Increased spending on marketing fuels recovery hopes

Hopes that the UK economy might avoid a triple-dip recession have received a boost as a survey showed marketing spend grew at its fastest rate for over a year, despite the tough economy.

Misleading Mila Kunis Rodial body cream advert is banned

An email for a body cream that suggested actress Mila Kunis had used it to achieve her figure has been banned for misleading consumers.

Made up: Channel 4 and WPP end advertising stand-off

Channel 4 has ended a dispute with its biggest advertiser, WPP, that was costing the state-owned broadcaster up to £5m a week.

The Ronseal slogan was devised in 1994

Media: The phrases that do more than they say on the tin

David Cameron's attempt to varnish a splintered coalition by insisting it was not a marriage but "a Ronseal deal – it does what it says on the tin" has revived one of the most successful slogans in advertising. The phrase, devised in 1994, quickly achieved what ad execs dream of: a place in popular speech where words can become more famous even than the products they push.

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'Please give me a job': Unemployed graduate spends last £500 in his bank account on billboard begging for people to 'EmployAdam'

As thousands of recent graduates go into the New Year unemployed, one enterprising young hopeful has made his own desperation for paid work the centre of an advertising campaign that went viral yesterday.

Ono booked a full page in the New York Times for an 'Imagine Peace' message

Yoko Ono: imagining a better use for ad space

"War is over! If you want it" proclaimed a series of billboards erected around the world by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in December 1969.

Stephen Hawking, internationally-renowned theoretical physicist, has apparently been inspired by Sue Barker and Louie Spence to appear in the latest episode of the world’s most annoying adverts

Stephen Hawking, Go Compare and a brief history of selling out

Great reputation versus a fat fee? Some celebrities should go compare their options, says Simon Usborne

Sir Martin Sorrell, centre, whose agency is poised to pull its advertising from the channel which features hit shows such as Homeland, The Simpsons and Peep Show

WPP set to switch off Channel 4 over rates row

The advertising giant has had an almighty bust-up with the broadcaster

Fashion ad 'appeared to sexualise a child'

American Apparel has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority for an advert which "appeared to sexualise a child".

Mike Tyson is the face of Black Energy

Marketing fail: Protesters back Mike Tyson into a corner

Mike Tyson's reputation for controversy has taken new turn. The former boxing champ, convicted rapist, biter and bankruptcy claimant has a new job as the face of the drink Black Energy, for which he has been accused of being party to mysogyny and racism.

'Distressing' Kayak.co.uk brain operation advert banned

A television advert featuring a surgeon carrying out a brain operation while organising a holiday online has been banned following 441 complaints that it was offensive, distressing and insulting to the medical profession.

UBM to return to London after four-year stay in Dublin

The owner of PR Newswire is set to return to the British tax fold this week, after having moved its headquarters to Dublin in 2008 to escape what it called the UK's harsh fiscal regime.

David Beckham has long been one of the many sports stars who endorse Pepsi. He added Burger King to his product list this year when he endorsed their new “healthy” range, including fresh fruit smoothies

Junk-food fortunes: Sports stars cash in on advertising

That's the claim made by health campaigners who want to ban famous athletes from promoting fatty foods to children

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The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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