U.S. Advertising Market Exhibits Strong Growth in 2003; TNS Media Intelligence/CMR Reports a 6.1% Increase for Full-Year Ad Spending

NEW YORK--()--March 8, 2004--Total advertising expenditures for allmedia in 2003 increased 6.1% to $128.3 billion compared to 2002, according to data released today by TNS Media Intelligence/CMR, the leading provider of strategic advertising and marketing information.

"The robust growth in 2003 ad spending is a result of the overall health and growth of the economy; the rising level of consumer confidence and the willingness to spend; and the improvement in overall corporate performance," says Steven J. Fredericks, president and chief executive officer, TNS Media Intelligence/CMR. "While 2003 began with the ad marketplace being uncertain about the direction of the economy and the war's impact on spending, the reality was overall advertising was not adversely affected."

Almost all of the media measured by TNSMI/CMR experienced growth throughout the year, with the Internet, Cable TV, National Syndication, Local Newspapers, and Spanish Language TV showing double-digit year over year gains.

Local Newspapers led in dollar spending for 2003, posting $22.7 billion, an increase of 13.4% versus 2002. Spending in the telecommunications, automotive, real estate, retail banking and motion pictures advertising categories fueled this growth.

The Internet showed the most robust year-over-year gain for 2003 posting a 15.7% increase to $6.4 billion in ad spending versus 2002. This reflects continued growth of advertiser confidence in the Internet as a mainstream medium due to key factors such as expanding broadband penetration, more appealing ad formats and improved efficacy of online advertising.

Compared to Network TV - Cable TV, Syndication and Spanish Language Network TV all exhibited robust double-digit growth from 2002. Cable TV increased 15.6% to $12.2 billion in spending, an indication of advertiser interest in the ability to reach audiences with specific interests. Spanish Language Network TV showed a 12.8% increase to $2.1 billion in spending, as advertisers continue to target the Hispanic marketplace. Syndication increased 15.3% to $3.3 billion, due in part to additional off-network programming and advertising inventory.

           Ad Spending by Media: Full Year 2002 vs. 2003 (1)
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                                DEC YTD 2002    DEC YTD 2003 
MEDIA                            (Millions)      (Millions)   %CHANGE 
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NEWSPAPERS (LOCAL)                 $20,092.3       $22,787.1    13.4%
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NETWORK TV                         $20,015.7       $20,374.5     1.8%
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CONSUMER MAGAZINES                 $17,254.1       $18,346.8     6.3%
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SPOT TV                            $17,165.3       $16,244.4    -5.4%
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CABLE TV (2)                       $10,593.3       $12,250.9    15.6%
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B-TO-B MAGAZINES (6)                $7,226.7        $7,277.3     0.7%
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LOCAL RADIO (3)                     $6,575.3        $6,732.3     2.4%
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INTERNET                            $5,612.9        $6,494.7    15.7%
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SYNDICATION - NATIONAL              $2,945.6        $3,395.8    15.3%
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NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS                 $2,813.6        $2,976.2     5.8%
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OUTDOOR                             $2,475.3        $2,672.5     8.0%
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NATIONAL SPOT RADIO (4)             $2,452.3        $2,635.2     7.5%
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SPANISH LANGUAGE NETWORK TV (5)     $1,946.1        $2,195.9    12.8%
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SUNDAY MAGAZINES                    $1,264.4        $1,330.9     5.3%
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FSI's (7)                           $1,239.4        $1,317.4     6.3%
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NETWORK RADIO                         $965.6        $1,000.6     3.6%
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LOCAL MAGAZINES                       $311.0          $325.4     4.6%
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GRAND TOTAL                       $120,948.9      $128,357.7     6.1%
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Source: TNS Media Intelligence/CMR

1. Figures are based on the TNS Media Intelligence/CMR Stradegy2
multimedia ad expenditure database across all TNSMI/CMR measured
media, including: Network TV, Spot TV, Cable TV, Syndication, Spanish
Language Network TV, Consumer Magazines, Sunday Magazines, Local
Magazines (33 publications), Newspapers (local and national), Network
Radio, Spot Radio, Local Radio, Internet and Outdoor. Figures do not
contain public service announcement (PSA) data.

2. Cable TV figures based on 37 networks.

3. Local Radio includes expenditures for 31 markets in the U.S
provided by Miller Kaplan.

4. National Spot Radio data are estimated.

5.Spanish Language Network TV includes expenditures from
Univision, Telemundo and Telefutura.

6.B2B figures based on Business Information Network (BIN) data as
reported by TNSMI/CMR to the American Business Media (ABM).

7. FSI data represents distribution costs only.

Ad Spending by Advertiser

Procter and Gamble was the leading advertiser in spending and year over year change for 2003, posting a 24.7% increase to $2.6 billion. Other leading spenders include General Motors, whose advertising activity totaled $2.4 billion and Time Warner with a total of $1.8 billion. Walt Disney Co and DaimlerChrysler showed robust year-over-year growth: 17.8% and 13.2% respectively.

           Top Ten Ad Spenders: Full Year 2002 vs. 2003 (8)
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                                DEC YTD 2002    DEC YTD 2003        
COMPANY                           (Millions)      (Millions)  %CHANGE
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PROCTER & GAMBLE CO                 $2,143.7        $2,672.1    24.7%
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GENERAL MOTORS CORP                 $2,494.1        $2,486.2    -0.3%
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TIME WARNER INC                     $1,833.1        $1,879.3     2.5%
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DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG                  $1,390.0        $1,573.7    13.2%
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FORD MOTOR CO                       $1,430.1        $1,414.4    -1.1%
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WALT DISNEY CO                      $1,162.5        $1,369.3    17.8%
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JOHNSON & JOHNSON                   $1,044.6        $1,171.4    12.1%
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VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS              $1,020.9        $1,121.8     9.9%
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SONY CORP                             $905.7        $1,017.1    12.3%
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TOYOTA MOTOR CORP                     $936.1        $1,009.5     7.8%
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TOTAL                              $14,360.7       $15,714.9     9.4%
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Source: TNS Media Intelligence/CMR

8. Total ad spending figures by company do not include expenditures
for Local Radio, National Spot Radio, and FSIs

About TNS Media Intelligence/CMR

TNS Media Intelligence/CMR is the leading provider of strategic advertising and marketing information - across media, brand, industry and market. The company's tracking technologies collect occurrence and expenditure data on more than 1.9 million brands spanning 20 media. TNS Media Intelligence/CMR is headquartered in New York City and maintains sales locations in major markets throughout the United States.

Within the TNS organization, TNS Media Intelligence/CMR is a key member of the Media Intelligence sector - dedicated to providing worldwide tracking, analysis, evaluation and consultative services for the media and marketing communities. TNS Media Intelligence is the market leader in the U.S. and France, with significant operations in Europe and Asia. For further information, including this and prior press releases, please visit http://www.tnsmi-cmr.com.

About TNS

TNS is one of the world's leading market information groups, providing market measurement, analysis, insight and advice in more than 110 countries. Working with national and multi-national organizations, TNS helps its clients develop effective business strategies and enhance relationships with their customers. Further information on TNS can be found on http://www.tns-global.com.

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