Maurice Lévy: has been called the Napoleon of advertising for the string of acquisitions – not always friendly – which grew the once small Publicis agency into a giant.

If judged only by numbers, Maurice Lévy would be an impressive figure. He has transformed Publicis, the French firm he joined in 1971, into the world’(...)

Maurice Levy, chief executive officer of Publicis. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Publicis, the owner of advertising agencies including Leo Burnett and Saatchi and Saatchi, said second-quarter sales rose 39 per cent, beating analyst(...)

Maurice Levy, chief executive officer of Publicis Groupe SA. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Publicis shares saw their biggest rally in more than a year after the French advertising group, led by Maurice Lévy, reported first-quarter sales that(...)

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Image of the week: No Supersizing In Tokyo, Japan, McDelivery scooters are lined up outside a McDonald’s store. There’s just one small problem.(...)

1,357,400 – the average audience for The Late Late Toy Show in November.  Photograph: Alan Betson

1,357,400Average audience for The Late Late Toy Show in November. Although the number of viewers was down slightly on last year, it was once again the(...)

Maurice Levy, chief executive officer of Publicis, has blamed the group’s poor performance on the hangover from Publicis’ failed “merger of equals” with world number two agency Omnicom. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes

Publicis, the world’s third-largest advertising agency, has agreed to buy digital ad specialist Sapient for $3.7 billion in cash as it seeks to accele(...)

Publicis chief executive Maurice Levy said the strong euro was also to blame for chipping away at the group’s growth. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

French advertising group Publicis has warned it would be “very difficult” to meet its sales growth target this year after a second-quarter slowdown, c(...)

Publicis Chief executive Maurice Levy (left) and John Wren, head of Omnicom Group, at a joint signature ceremony in Paris in last July. Photograph: Reuters/Christian Hartmann

The $35 billion (€25.4 billion) merger of Publicis and Omnicom collapsed after the deal to create the world’s largest advertising company started to t(...)

Maurice Levy (left), Publicis chief executive, and John Wren, head of Omnicom, react after the signature of merger documents during a joint news conference in Paris last July.

The proposed $35 billion merger between US-based Omnicom and French rival Publicis has been called off as the challenges in forming the world’s large(...)

Mobile has fast become the dominant digital media device in the US, with people spending more time on their mobile devices for non-talking activities, such as surfing the web, than they do online on desktop and laptop computers. Photograph:  Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski

The amount of time people in the US spend on digital media has surpassed the amount of time they spend watching television this year for the first tim(...)