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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.

How to get ahead in advertising

Forty years ago, Charles and Maurice Saatchi founded the advertising agency that was to become one of the most glamorous and influential forces in the land. Their story is a parable for our time, says Peter York

Record results bring in big dividends

Bank holiday rush to reveal rising payments to investors, offsetting income loss at banks and BP

WPP profits up a third following surprise ad market recovery

Luvv was in the air at WPP, the world's largest advertising agency, as it reported a 36 per cent bump in profits following a sharper-than-expected recovery in the ad market.

HSBC to review London HQ as Osborne's levy hits banks

Chief executive Geoghegan insists London is the best place for HSBC, but analysis to go ahead in 2011

Press photo exhibition dominated by images of war

Arresting images of war and brutality dominated the prestigious World Press Photo 2010 exhibition when it was launched today.

Cameron hoping to forge new special relationship with visit to India

The Prime Minister is flying out to Delhi this week – and he means business.

Market Report: Better trading outlook seen for Taylor Wimpey

The market is expecting positive news on both sides of the Atlantic from Taylor Wimpey today. The housebuilder is due to post a trading statement this morning, and Numis expects it to remain on track to meet full-year expectations. In the UK, the broker is anticipating news of strong forward sales and improved pricing. In the US, Numis says Taylor Wimpey should be making progress, with margins likely to be improving, but volumes expected to be hit by lower site numbers.

James Moore: Osborne's Budget bonanza will not bring tax exiles sailing back to Britain

Outlook Business has reasons to be rather pleased about the emergency Budget. It was given a small handful of sweeties while everyone else was given nine-inch nails (rusty ones, at that). No surprise, then, that the Institute of Directors rushed out figures yesterday showing an overwhelming endorsement from the company directors that make up its membership (well, just over 600 or so of them, anyway).

Market Report: WPP in favour as blue chips snap losing streak

The blue chips snapped a three day-long losing streak and touched a two-week high last night, with WPP rising as bargain-hunters moved in.

Market Report: Recovery of advertising keeps RBS keen on WPP

WPP was in focus last night as analysts highlighted the prospect of gains as further signs of the recovery in the advertising revenues are forthcoming in coming months.

Market Report: Election expectations fail to keep Capita in favour

Capita was held back as trading volumes thinned out last night ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

Investment Column: WPP offers value as ad spending recovers

Eaga; William Sinclair

Business Diary: Save money twice with redundancies

An outfit called Desk Space Genie is in touch to suggest a little money-making scheme for these difficult times. If your company has been through a redundancy programme, why not earn a few bob renting out the desks that the poor unfortunates vacated. Desk Space Genie even has an online exchange to let you advertise the desk space you can offer.

Business Diary: 27/03/2010

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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