The French ad industry was far from immune to last year’s downturn, with Gallic adspend slipping 1.3% over the year to E14.1 billion ($12.4bn), according to media research group Secodip.

The figures show that print retained its position as the number one ad medium, generating E5.8bn of ad revenue last year, down 4%. Television, in second place, fell by the same margin to E4.4bn.

In contrast, some media enjoyed rising ad revenues. The third-placed outdoor sector enjoyed an 8% increase to E2.1bn, despite a 3% fall in volumes. Radio expenditure grew 3% to E1.7bn, while cinema was up 2% to retain fifth place ahead of the internet.

The top advertisers (with expenditure and percentage change in brackets) were as follows:

1. France Telecom (E353m, –1%)

2. Renault (E227m, –4%)

3. Nestlé (E198m, –4%)

4. Carrefour (E171m, +11%)

5. Music France (E170m, +28%)

As elsewhere, falling adspend reflected hefty budget cuts by tech firms after the boom of 2000. Although France Telecom was the leading advertiser, the telecommunications industry as a whole saw its share of total adspend tumble to 7.4% in 2001 from 23% the year before.

The top sector was retail (11.2% of total spend), then food (10.2%), transport (9.6%), services (8.5%) and hygiene/cosmetics (7.7%).

Data sourced from: AdAge Global; additional content by WARC staff