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2. Accounting policies

The unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements comply with the recognition and measurement criteria of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as adopted by the European Union and as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting and with the accounting policies of the Group which were set out on pages 145 to 151 of the 2009 Annual Report and Accounts. No changes have been made to the Group’s accounting policies in the period to 30 June 2010 other than the adoption of IFRS 3 (revised) Business Combinations and IAS 27 (revised) Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements.

The main impact of these revised standards on the unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the period ended 30 June 2010 was as follows:

  • In the period to 30 June 2010, acquisition-related costs have been recognised as an operating cost in the income statement whereas previously they were capitalised. Prior periods have not been restated as this change in accounting is required to be applied prospectively from 1 January 2010;
  • The term ‘‘minority interest’’ has been changed to ‘‘non-controlling interest’’;
  • Equity interests held prior to control being obtained are re-measured to fair value at the acquisition date, with any resulting gain or loss recognised in the income statement. The Group excludes such gains or losses from headline profits;
  • Changes in ownership interest in a subsidiary that does not result in a change of control are treated as transactions among equity holders and are reported within equity shareowners’ funds. No gain or loss is recognised on such transactions and goodwill is not re-measured; and
  • Cash consideration for non-controlling interests is classified as a financing activity rather than an investing activity in the cash flow statement. Prior periods have been restated accordingly as this change in disclosure is required to be applied retrospectively.

Statutory Information and Independent Review

The unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the six months to 30 June 2010 and 30 June 2009 do not constitute statutory accounts. The financial information for the year ended 31 December 2009 does not constitute statutory accounts. The statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2009 have been delivered to the Jersey Registrar of Companies and received an unqualified auditors’ report. The interim financial statements are unaudited but have been reviewed by the auditors and their report is set out on the Independent review report to WPP plc.

The announcement of the interim results was approved by the board of directors on 24 August 2010.

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