SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Report of Foreign Private Issuer
Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16
under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the Month of May 2012
Commission File Number: 0-16350
(Translation of registrants name into English)
6 Ely Place, Dublin 2, Ireland
(Address of principal executive offices)
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|1||Announcement dated 16 May 2012, made by WPP plc.|
|2||Announcement dated 17 May 2012, made by WPP plc.|
|3||Press release dated 18 May 2012, made by WPP plc.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on behalf of the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|Date: 18 May 2012||By:|
|Paul W.G. Richardson|
|Group Finance Director|
WPP plc (WPP)
WPP announces that on 16 May 2012 it acquired 125,000 of its own ordinary shares of 10p each for cancellation. The shares were acquired at a price of 797.1691p per share.
WPP plc (WPP)
WPP announces that on 17 May 2012 it acquired 100,000 of its own ordinary shares of 10p each for cancellation. The shares were acquired at a price of 791.7496p per share.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||18 May 2012|
WPP PLC (WPP)
Possible Worldwide acquires a majority stake in digital marketing services agency, Grape, in Russia
WPP announces that its wholly-owned operating network Possible Worldwide, the global interactive marketing agency, part of WPP Digital, has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Grape LLC in Russia (Grape).
Founded in 2002 by Andrey Vinograd and Boris Ryss and headed by CEO Andrei Anischenko, Grape is a Moscow-based digital marketing services agency with a focus on website and social media strategies. The agency employs 124 people and major clients include Henkel, JTI, MTS and SABMiller.
Grapes consolidated unaudited revenues for the year ended 31 December 2011 were approximately RUB 425 million with gross assets as at the same date of approximately RUB 216 million.
This investment continues WPPs strategy of developing its services in fast-growing and important markets and sectors and strengthening its capabilities in digital media. WPPs digital revenues totalled US$4.8 billion in 2011, representing approximately 30% of the Groups total revenues of over US$16 billion. WPP has set a target of 35-40% of revenue to be derived from digital in the next five years.
WPP companies, including associates, employ around 1900 people in Russia with revenues of well over US$200 million. Across the Central and Eastern European markets collectively, WPP companies, including associates, employ almost 6,000 people with revenues of approximately US$600 million, underlining its leadership position in the advertising and marketing services sector in this important region.
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