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PARIS Aug 29 French advertising agency Havas
saw organic sales growth accelerate in the second
quarter to hit 8 percent compared with the same period last
year, outperforming larger rivals such as Omnicom and
First-half net profit grew 6.9 percent to 62 million euros
($81.7 million) thanks in part to double-figure revenue growth
in the United Kingdom, Asia Pacific and Africa regions.
Second-quarter revenue stood at 478 million euros, ahead of
UBS analysts' forecast for sales of 463 million euros, helped by
new contracts with companies including Disney and Barclays.
Havas Shares were up 2.7 percent to 6.21 euros at 1534 GMT,
compared with a 0.8 percent drop in Europe's media index
Chief Executive Yannick Bollore said the company was looking
forward to the second half of the year "with confidence."
(1 US dollar = 0.7585 euro)
(Reporting by Leila Abboud and Andrew Callus; Editing by James
Regan and Mark Potter)