World's top 25: 25 SPAR Group

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Organization and brand totals ($ in millions)

U.S. 2000 1999 % chg

Gross income $111.0 $116.5 -4.7

Billings $740.4 $777.2 -4.7

Employees 347 325 6.8

Offices 7 7 0.0

Notes: SPAR's growth the past few years has come from acquisitions, particularly PIA Merchandising Services, Irvine, Calif., acquired in July '99. The company is a provider of retail merchandising and other marketing services utilizing its Internet reporting and control services, which allows clients real-time access to their accounts and on-demand marketing services. Its serves more than 18,000 grocery stores, 6,200 drug stores and 8,800 mass merchandiser stores with in-store merchandising. The company offers incentive programs with interactive Internet delivery and fulfillment, IVR and other voice recognition programs, database collection management and delivery, and market research services.

Officer: Robert G. Brown, chmn & CEO

Headquarters: SPAR Group/580 White Plains Rd., 6th Fl., Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591/Phone: 914-332-4100/Fax: 914-332-0741/URL:

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