According to PR Week's annual review of the UK public relations industry, almost half the top fifty agencies reported zero or negative growth in 2001 – an “abysmal year” with the top ten shops reporting the worst overall performances.

Exacerbated by a declining economy and the events of September 11, the number of PR clients shrank by 2% with 139 companies withdrawing from outsourced PR support. This left a residue of 6,429 clients shared among the top 150 agencies.

These top shops slimmed staff levels by 500 jobs during the year, leaving an aggregated total of 7,466 jobs across the board.

PR Week’s top ten agency rankings for 2001 (by total fee income and percentage change from 2000) is as follows:

1. Webber Shandwick Worldwide £41,282,302 ($60.17m; €66.77m) (-17%)

2. Citigate Dewe Rogerson £31,243,119 (-6%)

3. Hill & Knowlton UK £28,857,000 (0%)

4. Bell Pottinger Communications £28,603,000 (-6%)

5. C Porter Novelli £20,645,739 (-1%)

6. Burson-Marsteller £18,449,000 (+7%)

7. GCI/Apco UK £17,625,000 (+8%)

8. Financial Dynamics £15,140,182 (0%)

9. Good Relations £13,060,000 (0%)

10. Edelman PR Worldwide £12,550,100 (+20%)

Data sourced from: MediaGuardian.co.uk; additional content by WARC staff