Outdoor spend on the up

New sites and digital credited with contributing to third-quarter investment rise.

Outdoor advertising revenues increased by 4.4 per cent in the third quarter of the year, following a tough second quarter.

In the July to September period, outdoor revenues rose from £222.4 million to £231.9 million year on year, according to the Outdoor Advertising Association. In the second quarter of the year, outdoor revenues increased by just 0.6 per cent.

Alan James, the chief executive of the OAA, attributed the growth to continued investment by outdoor media owners in new sites and innovations such as digital formats.

He said: "Figures for July to September show a return to the growth rate outdoor has been experiencing over the past year. Figures for the last quarter look buoyant, and we are anticipating a full-year result of around the plus-3 per cent mark."

He added: "As in the previous period, entertainment and media remains the top spending advertiser category. In terms of top-spending client, the number one position was held by Vodafone."

However, outdoor media owners are attracting new advertisers to the industry.

In the third quarter, drinks companies increased investment on the medium by 20.7 per cent period on period to £18.4 million.

Other sectors to raise their spend significantly include telecoms and the Government. Spending from companies in the telecoms sector went up by 10.9 per cent to £24.9 million. Government, social and political organisations increased their spend by 37.9 per cent to £8.6 million.

Meanwhile, the OAA has announced the appointment of Jeremy Male, the chief executive of JCDecaux, as its new chairman.

Male replaces David Pugh, who is leaving the outdoor advertising industry after resigning from his position as the UK chief executive of Titan Outdoor earlier this month. Pugh has been the chairman of the OAA for the past four years.

TOP OUTDOOR CLIENTS CATEGORIES (by Volume)
CLIENT pounds m spend % change
Vodafone 7.0 157.0
Unilever UK 6.9 -28.5
DFS Furniture 6.8 46.4
BSkyB 5.2 33.5
Orange 4.1 34.6
T-Mobile 4.1 -17.7
O2 UK 3.3 52.4
Toyota 3.2 148.5
Nestle 3.0 29.4
UIP 2.9 -19.8
Source: NMR.