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The holiday selling season-November and December-covers about 17% of the calendar, but the period accounts for nearly 20% of retail sales. Jewelers and department stores are especially dependent on the holidays. The National Retail Federation predicts holiday spending this year will rise 5% to $435.3 billion, vs. a 6.7% gain last year.

AdMarket 50

Focus on: Interpublic Group (IPG)

Interpublic, which peaked at $58.38 on Dec. 17, 1999, was trading around $20 before accounting troubles became public in early Aug. 2002. The stock bottomed at $7.20 on March 7, 2003. After last week's restatement, the stock closed Sept. 30 at $11.64, up 59ยข for the week. The accounting story isn't necessarily over as the SEC subpoenaed Interpublic in April for more documents in its ongoing investigation.

Price $11.64

52-week high/low $13.80/$10.52

YTD change -13.1%

Market cap $5.0 B

Enterprise value1 $6.1 B

Revenue2 $6.4 B

Net income2 -$558.2 M

1. Market cap plus debt minus cash. 3. 2004

Source: Bloomberg, company reports, Ad Age analysis

Last week's score

Stocks posted gains, shrugging off reports about slumping consumer confidence and rising inflation. On the AdMarket 50, 39 stocks rose and 11 fell.

AdMarket 50 1,458.01 +1.5%

DJ Wilshire 5000 12,289.26 +1.3%

Winners Sep. 30 change

Havas $5.11 6.0%

Interpublic Group $11.64 5.3%

Yahoo $33.84 5.3%

Procter & Gamble Co. $59.46 4.8%

Kellogg Co. $46.13 4.7%

Losers Sep. 30 change

Tribune Co. $33.89 -5.8%

Sprint Nextel Corp. $23.78 -2.4%

Anheuser Busch Cos. $43.04 -2.3%

New York Times Co. $29.75 -1.5%

General Motors Corp. $30.61 -1.5%

Advertising Age and Bloomberg's AdMarket 50 tracks 50 top marketer, media and agency companies. Bloomberg symbol: BAAX

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