LONDON, June 25 Martin Sorrell's WPP
said trading had improved in the last two months due to strong
growth in advertising markets in the United States and Britain.
The firm, the world's largest advertising group, said
revenue on a like-for-like basis was up 7.6 percent in the first
five months of the year, compared with the 7 percent rise
recorded in the first three months.
The group, which has been outperforming its rivals in recent
months in terms of organic growth, said its gross margin was
also ahead of last year and in line with forecasts.
"Following the group's record year in 2013, 2014 has started
stronger and similar to the final quarter of 2013," it said.
Shares in the group were down 0.5 percent in midday trading.
(Reporting by Kate Holton, editing by James Davey)