This week: Marketing news from the national press

Hutchison Whampoa is considering closing 3, its third-generation mobile business in the UK, to shift resources to faster-growing markets, as it is worried it will be unable to recoup its investment in the network. Hutchison has denied the reports - The Business

Philip Green, the billionaire entrepreneur, is planning a multibillion-pound takeover of Marks & Spencer. As Green confirmed his interest to the Stock Exchange, M&S' share price jumped 19% to 345p - Financial Times

Daily Mail & General Trust's attempt to take over Telegraph Group faces opposition from media buying agencies, who will complain to Ofcom if the bid is successful. The agencies are concerned that the combined company would reach 35% of UK readers in the ABC1 demographic - The Times

The government is calling on the ad industry to drop fast-food commercials during children's TV programmes so that legislation banning such ads is not necessary - The Sun

Homecall, the fixed-line telephone business owned by Caudwell Communications, is to fight back against BT and Carphone Warehouse with price cuts and an extra hour of calls at peaktime - Sunday Express

SSL, the manufacturer of Scholl and Durex, plans to use its £70m ad budget to make a major push into supermarkets. It registered a pre-tax loss of £7.5m in the year ended March 31, compared with a pre-tax profit of £39.1m the year before - Daily Telegraph

Anheuser-Busch, whose brands include Budweiser, has been reprimanded by a US judge for saying rival beer Miller is owned by 'South African Breweries' in its ads. Miller is owned by SABMiller - The Times.


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