Omnicom today reported both flat Q3 income ($203.9M) and revenues ($3.4B) as the continued economic doldrums hurt its overseas, telecom, travel/entertainment and healthcare sectors.
Strong performances were turned in by the auto (+12.6 percent), retail (+8.4 percent) and technology (+5.6 percent) groups.
OMC’s Fleishman-Hillard, Ketchum, Kreab Gavin Anderson and Porter Novelli-led PR operation managed to advance 0.5 percent to $313.8M during the period, and three percent for the nine-month period to $942.9M.
The advertising unit registered a 2.4 percent Q3 growth rate and 4.6 percent for the year.
So far this year, CEO John Wren has shelled out $85.6M for acquisitions, $62.3M for earn-outs and $19.2M for increased equity stakes in affiliated companies.
Joining the ad/PR holding company during the just-closed out period were NIM Digital (China), Face to Face Communications (German healthcare outfit), Chameleon Communications (British medical communications firm) and Philippe Becker Design (San Francisco brand consultant).