Publicis, the French advertising group that owns Saatchi & Saatchi,
warned that the advertising downturn would last until at least the end
of the year as it revealed its latest sales figures. The group's
billings for the first nine months of this year were up by 56.5 per cent
to £6.9 billion, largely as a result of the acquisition of
Saatchis and the US agency Nelson Communications. - General release.