This week: Marketing news from the national press

Marks & Spencer chairman Luc Vandevelde is leaving the retailer after four years. M&S said he had quit because of personal commitments to the family of Paul Louis Halley, a major shareholder in French supermarket group Carrefour, who died recently. BBC Business

British Airways, BT and energy giant EDF UK are set to agree £1m deals to support London's bid to host the Olympics in 2012. Sunday Express

Sainsbury's aims to boost sales of its own-label range by doubling the size of its Taste the Difference range to 900 items. Sunday Express

FIFA has turned down an offer of £1.56bn for the TV and marketing rights to the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. The proposal is understood to have come from International Sports and Entertainment, in which ad groups Publicis and Dentsu have large shareholdings. Financial Times

Nestle has had a proposed £1m tie-up with Breakthrough Breast Cancer rejected by the charity because of ethical concerns over the firm's promotion of formula baby milk in the third world. The Independent

Sony has launched music down-load service Sony Connect in the US, offering 500,000 tracks. Financial Times

Chris Tarrant, the former breakfast presenter at 95.8 Capital FM, drew an extra 133,000 listeners before he left, according to Rajar audience figures for the first quarter of 2004. Rival London radio station LBC 97.3FM added 124,000 listeners. The Guardian

The government is considering traffic light-style warnings for unhealthy food to tackle the obesity crisis. Ministers discussed the proposals last week at a special fat summit addressing the issue. Evening Standard.


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