WPP seeks to acquire hi-tech PR agencies

PR agencies in the hi-tech sector are likely to become acquisition targets of marketing services giant WPP.

PR agencies in the hi-tech sector are likely to become acquisition

targets of marketing services giant WPP.



Chief executive Sir Martin Sorrel this week announced soaring half-year

profits, up 22 per cent or pounds 26 million to pounds 138million.



The sector is enjoying a boom off the back of e-commerce growth, said

Sorrel, whose group recently completed its pounds 3bn take-over of rival

marketing services group Young and Rubicam.



Revenue in WPP’s core advertising and media division grew by a steady 16

per cent. WPP’s PR and public affairs revenues showed significant

growth, rising 46 per cent.



Market speculation suggests WPP will seek to acquire more ’high sector’

agencies - those moving into specialist divisions such as telecoms,

finance and entertainment.



WPP companies already specialising in new media include Hill and

Knowlton and Ogilvy Public Relations. Both recorded continued

significant growth.



Sorrel said: ’The WPP group is well-positioned to weather any economic

uncertainty because of its stronger financial position and competitive

strength in public relations and public affairs.’



Sorrel added that any weakness shown by ’pure internet’ companies was

compensated for by increases from the old economy.



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