French advertising agency


announced Tuesday that it bought British advertising group

Saatchi & Saatchi


for $1.89 billion in stock.

Once completed, the deal will create the world's

fifth-largest advertising agency.

Saatchi & Saatchi's American depositary receipts rose 30% Monday on the

rumor, closing up 7 11/16 at 33 1/16.

The deal continues a wave of consolidation in the advertising world. In May,

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Young & Rubicam



acquired by the

WPP Group


of Britain, and earlier this year

Havas Advertising


Snyder Communications