Acquisitions aid PRWeek Europe league tables rise

Chime Communications narrowed the gap on Euro RSCG at the top of

PRWeek's European league table published today.

The figures for European owned groups show a growth in fee income of 66

per cent to pounds 22.7m for Chime, bringing it within pounds 900,000 of

Euro RSCG on pounds 57.9m.

Much of the growth can be attributed to the firm's acquisition of

technology PR firm Harvard, the group's first step into mainland Europe.

But, as with the vast majority of other firms in the Top 25, the group

enjoyed healthy organic growth, buoyed by last year's technology


Last year's number one owned group Porter Novelli International slumped

to eighth place suffering a 34 per cent drop in fee income, since its

figures no longer incorporate income from Kohtes Klewes due to group


Elsewhere Golin/Harris saw income rise by 278 per cent with the purchase

of London and Frankfurt-based agency Ludgate. Despite enjoying growth of

80 per cent, BSMG Worldwide drops from eighth to tenth as a result of

the entry of Incepta and Chime to the league tables.

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