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North America ad spending growth tops Europe amid slowdown in UK

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Reuters: Growth in North American advertising spending in 2017 is being lifted by Canada’s buoyant economy and is outpacing growth in Western and Central Europe where Britain’s political and economic uncertainty has weighed, a leading forecaster said.

Zenith, owned by France’s Publicis, forecast growth of 3.6% in North American advertising spending in 2017 and an average of 3.4% a year 2019.

A slowdown in Britain would drag down spending growth in Western and Central Europe to 2% in 2017 from 3.9% last year, Zenith said, adding it expected average annual growth in the region of 2.6% to 2019.

The United States, the world’s largest economy, would be the leading contributor of new ad dollars to the global market over the next three years and China would rank second, Zenith said.

Global advertising expenditure was expected to grow by 4% in 2017 reaching $ 558 billion, down from 4.8% in 2016, Zenith said. In June, it forecast growth of 4.2% in 2017.

Zenith said a slowdown in Britain, usually an outperformer in advertising spending in Western and Central Europe, would weigh. Regional spending growth would be 2% in 2017 and average 2.6% a year to 2019. It was 3.9% in 2016.

In June, Zenith forecast a 0.9% growth in British advertising spending in 2017, down from 9.6% in 2016.

Results from some advertisers have shown an upbeat picture in North America. Publicis reported a second quarter rise in underlying sales helped by North American revenues. Omnicom , the No. 1 US advertising firm, reported better-than-expected quarterly results in July.

However, WPP, the world’s largest advertising group, and Interpublic both reported weaker figures. 

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