This week: Marketing news from the national press

Sixteen- and 17-year-olds may be banned from buying cigarettes as part of a government crack-down on teenage smoking. The proposals have been welcomed by anti-smoking groups - The Sunday Telegraph

Tesco is to take on The Carphone Warehouse with a chain of phone shops selling Tesco products. Its first telecoms centre will open in Slough this week, followed by further outlets next year - Sunday Express

Barclaycard, Abbey, Egg and the Co-operative Bank have agreed to share information on borrowers to prevent excess debt. Data will include the amount being spent and repaid each month, and the number of cash withdrawals made - The Times

Dixons Stores Group staff are to be paid bonuses based on customer satisfaction rather than sales, in a bid to stem the flood of complaints about customer service - The Mail on Sunday

A Barbie-branded Pegasus toy has become a surprise Christmas bestseller, with shops nationwide selling out of Pegasus Groom & Glam. The toy, which was not listed on the industry-backed Dream Toys list of expected bestsellers, is a character from the film Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus - The Sunday Telegraph

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has dropped controversial plans to create the internet domain .xxx for the porn industry, just days before it was to go ahead. Speculation has suggested that EU information commissioner Viviane Reding ordered the move - The Times

Centrica may abandon the sale of its One.Tel telecoms group after attracting only one offer for the business. UBS has valued the firm at £300m, but it is believed the sole offer was just over £100m - The Sunday Telegraph.


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