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BT chief executive Gavin Patterson has accused Labour of being too “negative” about the benefits of advertising for business.

Danny Rogers on PR and advertising: Malign force could save the economy

Advertising is often seen as a malign force. It can interrupt your favourite TV show. It tries to sell you stuff you can't afford. It has created a strange species of men in large glasses, driving flash cars.

John Lewis: A snowman travels to the big city to buy a scarf, hat and gloves for his snowwoman amour. Naturally includes a winsome cover version: newbie Gabrielle Aplin singing Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “The Power of Love”.

Letter from the Editor: Advertising just needs to learn how to sell itself better

The editor of The Independent on why advertising isn't a luxury to be discarded when times are tough.

The Duchess of Cambridge and the al view of Piata Unirii square in Bucharest in Romania

Worried about immigration? Then come to Romania - all our women look like Kate and Pippa

Bucharest hits back at migrant fears with cheeky ad campaign promoting tourism

Adverts 'worth £100bn to UK'

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

There are now as many as 5,000 clinics carrying out an estimated 200,000 Botox and filler treatments a year in the UK

Cosmetic surgeons won't be able to guarantee beauty under new guidelines

Surgeons will be banned from telling patients they will look better after cosmetic surgery under new proposals.

The Swansea ballboy does not command universal sympathy

James Lawton: The FA's correct response to failure of professional duty

You might have thought Hazard had the maturity to deal with his frustration

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.

WPP and Channel 4 bury the hatchet

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

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.

Former Brazilian footballer Ronaldo joins advertising firm WPP

The World Cup winner is to take a job placement at the group

Last Night's Viewing: Billionaire Boy Racers, Channel 4
Trouble Abroad, ITV1

The residents of Knightsbridge are suffering. Their simple village ways are under threat and their traditional lifestyle assailed by insensitive newcomers. And the problem, it seems, is the wrong kind of rich people. "Gulfies", to be specific, the local nickname for the moneyed Gulf Arabs who favour that part of London for their summer holidays and prefer to bring their own cars with them rather than rely on a holiday rental.

Veteran political blogger Andrew Sullivan leaves Daily Beast to relaunch blog as subscription-based and ad free

Andrew Sullivan, the veteran political blogger is leaving the Daily Beast in order relaunch his blog as an independent subscription-based site.

Some find inner peace in champagne, others in filing a tax return

While most were topping up their glasses ready for a midnight toast, 160 Britons spent the hour after 11pm on New Year's Eve filing their tax return, according to HMRC.

Editorial: A dangerous admission, Sir Martin

Statements of the obvious can be fraught with peril. Just ask Gerald Ratner, who wiped £500m off the value of his jewellery business by admitting that many of its cheap-as-chips products were, in fact, "total crap".

Claire Beale on Advertising: The smart money is on smartphones

As the nation's favourite brands count their booty from the Christmas sales bonanza, they will be hoping that success in 2013 is defined by more than a bargain rush in the final weeks.

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