International News in Brief (June 12)
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International News in Brief (June 12)

Chime Communications, parent company of U.K. public relations powerhouses Bell Pottinger, Good Relations, and QBO, says it expects to meet market forecasts for its full year earnings.

Paul Holmes

LONDON—Chime Communications, parent company of U.K. public relations powerhouses Bell Pottinger, Good Relations, and QBO, says it expects to meet market forecasts for its full year earnings after a strong performance in the first five months of 2006, which was ahead of budget.  At the company’s annual general meeting today, chairman Lord Bell told shareholders: “We are on track to achieve full-year City expectations both before and after the adjustments required by International Financial Reporting Standards.”

LONDON—Beattie Communications Group, one of the U.K.’s largest independent public relations firms, has reported an operating profit of £187,200 on revenue of around £6.7million and says it expects a “substantial” increase in revenues and profits this year after investing £2 million in “property and people.” The firm operates from eight offices around the U.K.

NEW YORK—The Hall Company, a public relations firm specializing in the restaurant and hospitality industry, is opening a Tokyo office to supply public relations, marketing, and consulting services to the Japanese restaurant industry through a strategic alliance with the restaurant consulting and management company Metromet and its founder, Venezuelan-born restaurant impresario Alvaro Perez. According to agency principals, Steven Hall and Sam Firer, the firm has been tapped to bring existing New York restaurant and bar concepts to Japan. And they say The Hall Company expects to open an office in Bangalore, India by August of this year.

HAMBURG—Public Relations Organization International, a leading network of independent public relations firms, has admitted eight new members: eVision Consulting (China), Access
Communications (San Francisco), Integral PR (India), Enigma Communications (Montreal), IPR – Inter Public Relations (Korea), Mostra Communication (Brussels), AC Capital Strategic Public Relations (China) and Adfactors Public Relations (India). Those new additions mean that PROI now has 38 member agencies in 25 countries.

DUBAI—American Express has appointed ASDA’A Public Relations to manage its corporate communications and public relations across the Middle East and North Africa following a competitive five-way pitch held in March 2006. American Express operates in 18 markets across the MENA region .

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