This week: Marketing news from the national press

Marks & Spencer is planning to outline an efficiency drive when it announces its full-year results next week. The retailer will dedicate more space to womenswear lines in its mid-sized town centre stores - The Sunday Telegraph

Sainsbury's is to give regional suppliers the chance to pitch to senior executives for shelf space in its stores. The move will be announced alongside the supermarket's interim results this week - The Sunday Times

BSkyB is preparing a bid to run the National Lottery. The company is in discussions with partners about forming a consortium for the next lottery licence, which will run for 10 years from February 2009 - The Observer

A shortage of high-definition TV sets means some viewers will be unable to obtain one in time for the start of the World Cup. Meanwhile, Sky has admitted that anyone ordering its HD service will not have it installed until July - Daily Mail

Office of Fair Trading chief executive John Fingleton has said the body would be prepared to see small suppliers squeezed out by supermarkets as long as the savings are passed on to customers - Mail on Sunday

Branding agency Nucleus has appointed NM Rothschild to raise £15m to launch sQuid, a cashless card-payment system to rival Transport for London's Oyster - Sunday Telegraph

Tetley, the Carlsberg-owned brewery, is retiring its shire horses in August due to rising costs - Daily Express

Vodafone has links to Opus Dei, the secretive Catholic society at the centre of bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code. The company's Italian subsidiary has been supporting Centro ELIS, an Opus Dei college on the outskirts of Rome - The Independent on Sunday.


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