Omnicom Publicis merger creeps into Q3

Maurice Levy and John Wren: Publicis and Omnicom chiefs respectively
Maurice Levy and John Wren: Publicis and Omnicom chiefs respectively

Omnicom Group, the owner of the BBDO and OMD networks, has said its merger with Publicis Groupe might not take place until the third quarter of this year, as it reported its pre-tax income increased by less than one per cent in Q4.

According to Omnicom’s results for 2013, the group’s total global revenue was $4.06 billion (£2.46 billion) in the last three months of the year, up 2.9 per cent when compared to the same period in 2012.

Omnicom reported income before income taxes of $511.4 million (£310.47 million), up 0.7 per cent year on year.

Publicis Groupe and Omnicom announced plans to merge in July 2013 and had hoped the deal would go through in the early 2014. Yesterday Omnicom said it expected the deal to complete "a little bit into the third quarter".

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