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Vodafone has kicked off one of the biggest advertising pitches of the year after the mobile giant announced it is putting its global ad-buying and planning account up for tender.

Diary: Facebook founder's status slip update

It's a little late to clear up all those sex-based (alleged) inaccuracies in The Social Network, but Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg – worth £8.4bn, ladies – has finally changed the relationship status on his own Facebook profile to "In a relationship". Remarkably, his girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, really was attracted to the billionaire's looks, personality and/or GSOH: the pair have been dating since 2005.

Claire Beale on Advertising: UK may be second rate but Sorrell is top of game

When the world's most influential adman, Sir Martin Sorrell, announced this month that profits at WPP, his marketing services company, had jumped 28.5 per cent, he also delivered some gloomier news for Britain.

Revival in US helps WPP to record profits

The advertising giant WPP saw record profit growth in 2010 thanks to a "dead cat bounce" in the US market and a resurgence of advertising spending on traditional media.

WPP upbeat after strong end to 2010

Advertising giant WPP today boosted annual profits to more than £1 billion after finishing 2010 with the fastest rate of growth in a decade.

The Week Ahead: Advertising recovery expected to boost ITV

With the next round of substitutions between the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 soon to be calculated, ITV may well make a return to the blue-chip index, and the reaction to its full-year results this Wednesday could seriously affect its chances.

Market Report: Cross-Channel news makes waves for WPP

There was a definite Gallic influence on the blue-chip index last night, as news from two Paris-based companies prompted moves in both directions.

Things are looking up – but problems remain

Leading economists believe the world economy is beginning to put the worst of its problems behind it, but they also believe that serious difficulties remain which could yet lead to renewed turmoil.

What happens when the top man leaves?

Steve Jobs's temporary departure from Apple exposes the risks faced by companies that are defined by their leaders. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

WPP and Adam & Eve

In an article on 2 January, we erroneously stated that the founding directors of Adam & Eve "paid £1m to Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP to break their contract and go it alone".

Advertising Eden: Triumphant start for Adam & Eve

The founding directors of Adam & Eve may have paid £1m to Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP to break their contract and go it alone, but it was worth every penny.

WPP lifts 2011 growth forecasts

WPP Group companies are eyeing higher growth next year, the advertising conglomerate's chief executive, Sir Martin Sorrell, signalled yesterday.

Will Mandelson swap politics for business?

Instead of seeking "dignity in retirement" as Ed Miliband advised, the irrepressible Peter Mandelson is setting up in business as head of an international consultancy.

WPP revenue growth is the 'best in a decade'

The advertising giant WPP shrugged off the downturn to post the largest quarterly revenue boost in a decade, as traditional media advertising and its operations in the US "bite back".

David Prosser: Cameron's strange choices for a council of business advisers

Outlook Having enjoyed the support of so many business figures during the election campaign, particularly on the issue of national insurance increases, the Prime Minister is no doubt keen to keep on their right side during his term of office. The launch today of a "Business Advisory Group" for 10 Downing Street will help with that, even if David Cameron's publicly stated intention in appointing these figures is slightly different.

Is Wolseley's Swiss switch the start of an exodus?

The UK taxes that prompted the plumbing group's move to Switzerland could force others to follow suit
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The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

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