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April's 2.3% growth in measured ad spending was the smallest monthly comparable-period gain since the ad recovery began in May 2002.1 TNS Q1-Q4 ad growth estimates: 4.4%, 3.7%, 0.7%, 4.5%; 3.4% for '05.

AdMarket 50

Focus on: Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD)

Sears Holdings Corp.last month posted a net loss and weak sales in its first report since Kmart and Sears merged, but so what? The stock, unlike the stores, has been a sizzling performer, climbing 50% since the deal was announced. The company is opening its first rebranded combo stores, former Kmart locations reformatted as Sears Essentials. Sears' ad circulars firm, Ambrosi, is taking over Kmart's circulars; Grey, Kmart's agency firm, is vying for Sears' Lands' End account.

Source: Bloomberg, company filings, Ad Age analysis

Last week's score

Stocks slipped after London's tragedy but quickly recovered. The AdMarket 50 is back to its mid-to-late June level; 36 stocks rose and 14 fell.

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

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