World’s biggest advertising company WPP that owns the agencies such as Ogilvy, GroupM, Grey and Hill+Knowlton said its India revenue for April-June quarter was down 25.1% owing to Covid-19 pandemic. The India business performed better in July compared to Q2 and the drop was recorded at 15.5%.
The holding company reported 15.1% drop in its Q2 revenue globally. The drop in the US was 9.6%, UK 23.3%, Germany 11.6% and Greater China 3.1%.
Revenue in the first half was £5.6 billion, down from £6.4 billion in the first half of 2019. Revenue less pass-through costs was £4.7 billion, down from £5.2 billion in the first half of 2019.
Commenting on the Q2 performance, Mark Read, Chief Executive Officer, WPP, said, “After two months in which our strategic progress could be measured by growth outside Greater China, the second quarter saw an inevitable downturn, with like-for-like revenue less pass-through costs declining by 15%, albeit better than our expectations. Assuming there is no second wave nor major lockdowns, the second quarter is expected to be the toughest period of the year, although we remain cautious on the speed of recovery.
“Our strategic transformation remains on track but as COVID-19 accelerates the change in our sector, we are accelerating our plans. We continue to attract new talent, invest in technology and ecommerce, and train our people in the skills they need for the future, with more than 20,000 receiving accreditations from Adobe, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Salesforce this year.
“We are working with our clients to help them get back to business, adapt their marketing strategies at speed and reshape their operations for a new world. Brands are seeing increases in online sales of 100% and more, and we are supporting eight of our top ten clients on ecommerce strategies. Our new business record is industry-leading, at $4 billion in the first half, including wins from Intel, HSBC and Unilever, and our pipeline remains strong.
“With £4.7 billion of liquidity thanks to the Kantar transaction, and as we deliver against our cost savings targets, our financial position remains strong. As a result, we are able to return to paying our dividend, with an interim dividend of 10p for 2020.
“I would like to thank our people around the world, the vast majority of whom have been working from home and have shown great creativity, agility and collective spirit to support our clients in challenging times.”