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Many of us will have booked our holidays by now and bought the sun-cream too. But what to read under the palm tree or on the beach or the staycation sofa?

Flybe forced to drop sale adverts

Airline carrier Flybe has been forced to drop a "massive sale" advertising campaign after "misleading" customers over participating airports.

So who's behind the AV PR campaigns?

Advertising's influence over political campaigns hasn't been in doubt since Saatchi & Saatchi's brilliant "Labour Isn't Working" posters, which delivered the 1979 election to Margaret Thatcher.

Just how fresh is our 'fresh' food?

We pay more for produce we think comes straight from the supplier – but some of it is months old. Meg Carter sorts the new from the mould

Broadband providers' 'misleading' ads exposed

Broadband customers of some of the UK's largest providers may only be getting a quarter of the speeds they are paying for, according to "shocking" new research from the communications watchdog.

Village People: Stuck in the middle

The paperback version of Peter Mandelson's memoirs is out on Monday. Most of the talk in the Village will be about the old spinmeister putting his stiletto into Ed Miliband.

Campaign for voting reform turns nasty

Campaigners against voting reform were last night accused of exploiting an election loophole to peddle "lies" about their opponents.

Asda takes fight to big rivals with price scheme

The chief executive of Asda has refused to withdraw its controversial price guarantee, sending out a defiant message to its big rivals, which have been incensed by the scheme.

ASA to regulate internet adverts

Companies who advertise on the internet will face stricter rules and regulations from next month.

Business Diary: A patriot who feels betrayed

Poor old David Buik, the veteran commentator at BGC Partners, rather choked on his cornflakes yesterday morning when Vodafone, the English mobile phone giant, announced that its next chairman would be the Dutchman Gerard Kleisterlee. Never mind that as former boss of the electronics company Philips, Kleisterlee has an impressive pedigree. "I am gobsmacked that Vodafone cannot find an Englishman that fits the bill," fumes Buik. On the plus side, Andy Murray lost in Melbourne on Sunday – Buik had spent the weekend fretting about having to celebrate a Scotsman breaking Britain's 75-year Grand Slam drought.

Business Diary: Asda forced to eat its words

Egg on faces at Asda, which last month promised to always be10 per cent cheaper than rivals. So irritated was Tesco by the claim, it complained to the Advertising Standards Authority, arguing that the comparison excluded so many items it was misleading. The ASA's ruling, published today, doesn't entirely back Tesco's side of the argument, but Asda has been ordered not to repeat the claims without rewording them. Cleaner to aisle three please.

Rimmel is given a lashing over claims in mascara advert

Mick Jagger's daughter has become the latest face of a misleading beauty campaign. British brand Rimmel exaggerated the benefits of a mascara by pinning false eyelashes on Georgia May Jagger, the singer's daughter by Jerry Hall, the Advertising Standards Authority ruled today.

Business Diary: The Lord Mayor's dancing stick

Many Londoners look forward to the second Saturday of November, when the Lord Mayor's Show celebrates the appointment of a new Lord Mayor. But don't forget that civil engineer Michael Bear, this year's man in the hot seat, also has an important job to do, representing the City of London (so effectively the financial services industry) on a national and global stage. His participation in a Zulu dance this weekend, complete with "shield and dancing stick", can only enhance his credibility as he prepares for the job.

Ice cream 'seductive' priests ad banned

An ice cream company has been banned from using an ad showing two priests about to kiss just a month after being ordered to pull a campaign featuring a pregnant nun.

Waitrose pork ad banned over 'outdoor bred' pigs

A campaign for Waitrose pork has been banned for misleading consumers about the pigs' living conditions, the advertising watchdog said today.

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