Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Interpublic Group of Co., Omnicom Group, Valassis Communications, Harte-Hanks and Accenture

 Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Interpublic Group of Co., Omnicom Group,
              Valassis Communications, Harte-Hanks and Accenture

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, March 27, 2013

CHICAGO, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Zacks Equity Research discusses
the U.S. Business Services, including The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.
(NYSE:IPG), Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC), Valassis Communications Inc.
(NYSE:VCI), Harte-Hanks Inc. (NYSE:HHS) and Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN).

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101027/ZIRLOGO)

A synopsis of today's Industry Outlook is presented below. The full article
can be read at Link: 
http://www.zacks.com/commentary/26482/business-services-stock-outlook-mar-2013

In today's world, companies strive to remain focused on functions and
activities that are close to their core competence and provide competitive
advantages. But the complex marketplaces in which companies perform demand a
host of other functions as well. This need opens the door of opportunities for
providers of business services.

Business services can be defined as ancillary services provided by companies
to other players in the market. It can also be called a tertiary sector.
Hence, the main business of one company can be a business service for another.
But given its unique nature, Zacks has classified the group as one of 16
sectors (the S&P has only 10 sectors and business services is part of its
'Industrials').

The business service sector is highly fragmented, with no single service
provider showing market dominance. As per business reports, the top 50
companies of the sector contribute less than 25% of overall revenue of this
sector.

This industry covers an array of services that include marketing, consulting,
staffing, security, telecommunications, Internet services, logistics and waste
handling. In its expanded sense, the US business services sector generates
consolidated yearly revenue of about $620 billion, though many companies
mentioned below do not strictly fall within the generally accepted definition
of the industry.

Industries in the Business Service Sector

Advertising & Market Services and Direct Marketing plays a vital role in
informing consumers about new products, eventually helping the producers to
better penetrate the markets. The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.
(NYSE:IPG), Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC), Valassis Communications Inc.
(NYSE:VCI), Harte-Hanks Inc. (NYSE:HHS) and Vertis are important players in
this sector.

Consulting Service providers offer expert advice in a given field for smoother
functioning of the companies. Major companies in this arena include Accenture
plc (NYSE:ACN), Bain, Booz Allen AND Deloitte Consulting (an affiliate of
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu).

About Zacks

Zacks.com is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed
in 1978 by Leonard Zacks. As a PhD from MIT Len knew he could find patterns in
stock market data that would lead to superior investment results. Amongst his
many accomplishments was the formation of his proprietary stock picking
system; the Zacks Rank, which continues to outperform the market by nearly a 3
to 1 margin. The best way to unlock the profitable stock recommendations and
market insights of Zacks Investment

Research is through our free daily email newsletter; Profit from the Pros. In
short, it's your steady flow of Profitable ideas GUARANTEED to be worth your
time! Register for your free subscription to Profit from the Pros at
http://at.zacks.com/?id=4581.

Visit http://www.zacks.com/performance for information about the performance
numbers displayed in this press release.

Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/zacksresearch

Join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZacksInvestmentResearch

Disclaimer: Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors
should always research companies and securities before making any investments.
Nothing herein should be construed as an offer or solicitation to buy or sell
any security.

Media Contact
Zacks Investment Research
800-767-3771 ext. 9339
support@zacks.com
http://www.zacks.com

SOURCE Zacks Investment Research, Inc.

Website: http://www.zacks.com