Good Week/Bad Week in Branding

Good Week: Marriott - Hospitality giant grows even larger with its $12.2B acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, becoming the world’s largest hotel company (and the de facto 800-pound gorilla of the miniature soap industry).

Bad Week: Daily Fantasy Sports Sites - New York’s Attorney General tells FanDuel and DraftKings to cease and desist, leaving thousands of Empire State fantasy players unable to submit lineups for next week’s NFL games. Two words: Un. American.

Worse Week: Best Buy - Shares drop after the retail electronics chain announced disappointing quarterly sales and a dim holiday outlook in the face of rising online competition and declining revenues. Bleak Friday Sale?