In its latest Advertising Expenditure report, published today, the Dentu Aegis Network company has forecast the UK advertising market to grow by 5.5 per cent in 2016, which is lower than the 5.8 per cent prediction it made in its last report in March.
Carat also predicts digital adspend will account for 51 per cent of all UK adspend next year, the first time that digital advertising will make up the majority of the market.
Based on data received from 59 worldwide markets, the September report forecasts that global adspend will grow by 4.0 per cent this year to US$529bn (£340.68bn) – a slight decline from the 4.6 per cent predicted in March.
Carat predicts global adspend will grow by 4.7 per cent next year, also slightly down from a previous prediction of 5.0 per cent.
The report said the forecast was downgraded because of volatility in the Russia and China markets. Russia adspend is predicted to shrink by 14 per cent this year, while China is expected to grow by 6 per cent (down from a previous prediction of 7.9 per cent).
Digital is the only media channel that is predicted to grow by double digits this year (15.7 per cent) and in 2016 (14.3 per cent).
The report said the growth in digital is driven by a high demand for mobile and video ads, especially across social media, with 51.2 per cent year-on-year growth expected this year. The report predicts programmatic buying to grow at 20 per cent year-on-year.
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