WPP is attempting to pull out of its takeover of Tempus Group. It
is seeking consent from the Takeover Panel to invoke a material adverse
change condition clause. A statement issued on Wednesday by WPP said:
"The board of WPP remains convinced of the strategic merits of combining
WPP and Tempus. However, it is the unanimous view of the WPP board that
there has been a material adverse change in the prospects of the Tempus
Group following the announcement of WPP's offer and, in particular,
following the terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September".