Publicis reports strong third quarter

Publicis Groupe, owner of Starcom and ZenithOptimedia, has reported £679.02m in revenue for the third quarter of 2005, a rise of 7.4% year on year.

The French-owned media and advertising network said it achieved organic growth of 6.2% for the quarter ending 30 September.

The network won £1.2bn in new business during the quarter, including media accounts such as L'Oreal, Richemont and Gillette.

Europe contributed £255.7m in revenue, organic growth of 2.3% compared with 2004. The largest market, North America, contributed £295.7m, up a healthy 7.7%. The strongest growth came from Asia Pacific and Latin America and the rest of the world.

Publicis confirmed that it would make no offer for Aegis "at this stage".

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