• Havas (calendar Q3)
The French-headquartered agency group reported third-quarter revenues of €373 million ($436m; £259m), a 5.5% year-on-year decline in organic terms. This is the smallest quarterly slide the group has so far recorded in 2003.
Havas, currently completing a major restructuring programme, said business was improving in the USA, Asia Pacific and parts of Europe. However, the UK and northern Europe remain weak.
• Deutsche Telekom (calendar Q3)
The German telecoms giant posted a net profit of €508m for the third quarter -- a vast improvement on the €20.6 billion loss in Q3 last year. Revenues rose 5.1% to €14.1bn.
• NTL (calendar Q3)
Pre-tax losses at cable group NTL -- US-owned but operating mainly in the UK -- narrowed from $578m in Q3 last year to $207m. Revenues rose from $830m to $894m as its broadband customer base more than doubled.
• Royal Mail (fiscal H1)
The British postal operator made a £3m pre-tax profit for the six months to September - the first time in five years it has moved into the black. First-half earnings, helped by a penny increase in postal rates compare with losses of £542m in the same period in 2002.
• ProSiebenSat.1 (calendar Q3)
The German broadcast giant posted a net loss of €6.9m in what is historically its weakest quarter -- an improvement on last year's Q3 shortfall of €49.3m. The easing of Germany's advertising downturn helped sales climb 3% to €363m, the first rise in three years.
Data sourced from: multiple sources; additional content by WARC staff