• GDP And Customer Spending Growth Stall In Q1
    Economic growth is stalling. "The Times" reports the UK's GDP for the first quarter has been revised down to 0.2% from an earlier estimate of 0.3%. Last year, growth of 0.7% was recorded during Q1. Similarly, household spending only increased by 0.3% in Q1 this year, compared to 0.7% in the same period the year before.
  • Agencies Agree They Must Evolve Faster To Serve Brands Better
    A report from Creativebrief shows that agencies agree they need to evolve faster to fit in with agency expectations, "Marketing Week" reveals. The survey found 68% of agency respondents and 72% of brand respondents agreed that agency processes and structures are not keeping pace with brands' requirements.
  • Theresa May To Urge Leaders To Force Tech Giants To Tackle Extremism
    UK Prime Minister Theresa May will tell leaders at the G7 Summit in Sicily today that they need to collectively put more pressure on the tech giants to tackle extremism, the BBC reports.
  • Walkers Apologised Over Prankster Pictures
    Walkers has apologised after pranksters began to dominate a social media campaign which asked the public to submit a selfie that would appear alongside tv presented, and frontman for Walkers, Gary Lineker. The Drum reveals that alongside real selfies, pranksters sent in photos of arch criminals such as The Yorkshire Ripper and Harold Shipman.
  • Are Print Losses Finally Being Covered By Digital Gains At Mail Online?
    "Press Gazette" has been crunching Mail Online's latest six-month results and concludes that with the digital business growing from GBPP44m to GBP60m in revenue, it is plugging the gap with its sister print titles, "The Daily Mail" and "Mail on Sunday," which dropped from GBP243m to GBP242m for the first half of 2016.
  • Trinity Mirror's Regional Boss To Depart
    The head of the UK's largest regional newspaper group will depart in an announcement due this weekend, Sky News is claiming. A strategic review is due to look at options for how the local newspaper group can remain competitive in the face of a decline in print revenue and tough competition online from the likes of Google and Facebook.
  • Republican Congress Hopeful Charged With Assaulting Guardian Reporter
    Greg Gianforte, the Republican Candidate in the Montana congressional seat election, has been charged with misdemeanor assault after an audio recording and eyewitnesses reported him "body slamming" a reporter from the UK's "Guardian" newspaper. According to "The Guardian," its reporter, Ben Jacobs', version of events and audiotape were backed up by Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna.
  • M&S Profits Plummeted As Marketing Budget Was Slashed
    "Campaign" reports that not only did Marks & Spencer profits plummet by 63% last year, the retailer also cut marketing spend 13% over the same period. The store also cut ties with its ad agency, now called Y&R London, ending a 16-year relationship. At the start of May it launched its first television campaign produced with new agency Grey London.
  • British Police No Longer Sharing Manchester Bombing Information With America
    The BBC is reporting that the British police are no longer sharing information on the Manchester bombing with their American counterparts who are being held responsible for the early leaking of the suspect's name and scene of crime photographs yesterday.
  • GDPR Bites In A Year, Yet One In Four Have Yet To Plan
    There's a year to go until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes law and according to The Drum, The Direct Marketing Association has some alarm research on preparedness. Half of companies surveyed believe they will be ready in time, but a quarter revealed they have yet to put together a GDPR plan.
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