The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 3.8.2016

WPP releases snapshot of February numbers; Nike, Tag Heuer drop Sharapova; Uber fumbles pushback against BuzzFeed story; International Women's Day; Michigan primaries today.

Martin Sorrell's WPP issued a flash report on its February earnings on Tuesday morning.
Martin Sorrell's WPP issued a flash report on its February earnings on Tuesday morning.

WPP reports 3%-plus growth for February
Citing interest from investors and analysts about its growth last month, WPP said on Tuesday morning that its revenue growth was "well over" 3% in February. The holding company released its full-year 2015 numbers last week, showing 6% growth in its PR and public affairs group for last year, buoyed by a strong fourth quarter.

Big name sponsors drop Sharapova after doping admission
PR experts have praised Maria Sharapova’s Monday press conference at the Australian Open in which she admitted failing a drug test, but sponsors Nike and Tag Heuer were less impressed. Both companies cut ties with the tennis star on Tuesday morning.

Uber corrects its own pushback to BuzzFeed report on sexual assault complaints
The ride-hailing service issued a correction of sorts to its own Medium post refuting several points in  a BuzzFeed story posted over the weekend on sexual assault and harassment complaints against drivers. It also apologized to business partner Zendesk for using a screenshot of its platform incorrectly.

International Women’s Day 2016
People and businesses around the world are celebrating International Women’s Day, started 105 years ago in New York City, on Tuesday. Google drew up a Doodle for its homepage to mark the occasion and explained it in a YouTube video.

It’s not quite ‘Super’ Tuesday…
But today is nonetheless an important day in both the Democratic and Republican primaries. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are looking to bounce back from weekend defeats in Michigan, the first industrial state to vote. Party members in Idaho, Mississippi, and Hawaii are also going to the polls.

What to know on Tuesday:
Leaks: Some advisers want Rubio to drop out before Florida; spokesman refutes story. South Korean automaker plans to enter U.S. market by 2019. Chinese company paid $300,000 to get devices in House of Cards. The ad Bloomberg would have aired if he ran for president. 

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