SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549


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                                    FORM 8-K

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                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934


        Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): August 13, 2002


                    The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.
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               (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)


            Delaware                    1-6686               13-1024020
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  (State or Other Jurisdiction     (Commission File         (IRS Employer
        of Incorporation)               Number)          Identification No.)


  1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York               10020
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     (Address of Principal Executive Offices)                 (Zip Code)


        Registrant's telephone number, including area code: 212-399-8000


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          (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)





Item 5.  Other Events.

         On August 13, 2002, The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. issued a
press release, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.



Item 7.  Financial Statements, Pro Forma Financial Information and Exhibits

Exhibits.

Exhibit 99.1: Press Release of The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., dated
August 13, 2002, announcing its second quarter 2002 results.





                                   SIGNATURES

         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                            THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF
                                               COMPANIES, INC.


Date: August 14, 2002                       By: /s/ Nicholas J. Camera
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                                                Nicholas J. Camera
                                                SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,
                                                GENERAL COUNSEL AND
                                                SECRETARY





Exhibit 99.1

THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC.
WORLDWIDE ADVERTISING AND MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
1271 Avenue of the Americas,  New York, N.Y. 10020



                 INTERPUBLIC REPORTS SECOND QUARTER EPS OF $.31
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                     INTERCOMPANY ACCOUNTING MATTER TRIGGERS
               $68.5 MILLION RESTATEMENT OF PRIOR PERIODS' INCOME
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                  MANAGEMENT WILL CERTIFY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS


NEW YORK, NY (August 13, 2002)--The Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG)
today reported earnings of $.31 per share in the second quarter of 2002,
compared to a net loss of $.31 per share in the same period a year ago.

Net income per share, exclusive of restructuring and other unusual items, was
$.30 in the year-earlier quarter. Results in the second quarter of 2001 included
goodwill amortization of approximately $.09 per share. Goodwill amortization is
not required in 2002.

Interpublic delayed its earnings release, originally scheduled for August 6,
while it addressed issues arising from its review of certain accounts containing
inter-company activity and related balance sheet items. As a result of this
review, the company identified $68.5 million of charges, principally in Europe,
which had not been properly expensed. These charges do not affect the company's
cash position and
 the amounts involved were not material to any prior period.
The company will restate its previously issued financial statements. Details
regarding the restatements, which date back to 1997 and prior, are appended to
this release.

"Procedures recently put in place by management identified an accounting issue
that merited further review," explained John J. Dooner, Jr., Interpublic's
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "While it is unfortunate that we had to
postpone our earnings announcement, it's unquestionably appropriate to have
taken decisive action in this matter. We have also taken the necessary steps in
order to prevent this situation from recurring in the future. The restatement
will have no impact on the company's operating performance going forward."

Interpublic management will deliver the requisite certifications under the
Sarbanes-Oxley Act and recent SEC order at the time of the filing of its report
on Form 10Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2002.

Second Quarter Results
----------------------

Operating profit was $238.5 million, compared to $241.7 million in the 2001
quarter. Salary, office and general administrative expenses declined $104.3
million, reflecting reduced activity as well as savings from last year's
restructuring program. Adjusting for the change in goodwill amortization,
restructuring and other unusual items, the operating margin was 14.8% in the
quarter, compared to 16.1% a year earlier.

"Our core businesses performed as expected in the second quarter, but we were
penalized by poor results at certain sports properties within our Octagon unit
and recognition of asset impairment charges for those properties," said Sean
Orr, Interpublic's Chief Financial Officer. "We continue to do a good job
managing costs and generating free cash flow from operations."

"While revenue remains challenged, we are seeing improvement in our revenue
trends quarter to quarter and increasingly strong results in new business,"
added Dooner. "Our companies posted $874 million of net wins in the quarter, up
from $745 million and $223 million in the previous two quarters. The third
quarter has also gotten off to a strong start, with significant wins such as the
Burger King and U.S. Postal Service consolidations, DuPont Lycra, Qwest and the
California Lottery."

Revenue Analysis
----------------

Revenue in the second quarter declined by 8.4% to $1.61 billion, from $1.76
billion in 2001. Organic revenue declined 9.5%, reflecting lower spending by
current clients and the company's disproportionate exposure to the U. S.
advertising sector. In constant dollars, revenue declined 10.7%.

Components of the revenue change are detailed below:




                          Components of Revenue Change
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                                      2Q02        2QYTD
Revenue Change                       (8.4%)      (11.7%)
    Effect of:
    Currency Translation              2.3%         0.7%
    Net Dispositions                 (0.5%)       (0.6%)
    Merger-related Losses            (0.7%)       (0.9%)

 Organic Revenue Change              (9.5%)      (10.9%)

Revenue Mix
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Domestic revenue, which constitutes 54% of the company's portfolio, declined
13.7% in the second quarter to $866 million. U. S. advertising and media
revenues declined 14.5%, while other marketing services declined 12.7%.

International revenue declined just 1.3% to $747 million, reflecting in part the
impact of stronger foreign currencies. On a constant currency basis,
international revenue fell 6.8%.

Revenue by Discipline
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Advertising and media services, which contribute 59% of the company's revenue,
fell 9.3% in the second quarter to $957.4 million.

Revenue from all other marketing activities declined 7% to $655.6 million.
Marketing Intelligence revenue grew 9.4% to $124.0 million, reflecting in part
the benefit of currency translation. Marketing Communications revenue fell 9% to
$420.8 million, despite gains in healthcare and event marketing. Public
Relations revenue fell 19%. Marketing Services revenue dropped 14.5% to $110.8
million, principally reflecting a disappointing performance at selected sports
marketing companies.

New Business
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Interpublic's agencies posted very strong new business performance in the second
quarter of 2002, with $873.6 million of net new business won. Major new account
wins announced during the quarter included:

-American Standard         -Glaxo Smithkline
-Conoco                    -H & R Block
-Thomas Cook               -Marriott
-CVS                       -Mars
-DeVry University          -Ricoh
-Eli Lilly                 -Starwood Hotels
                           -Total Fina

Other Income and Expense
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Interest expense declined to $36.9 million in the quarter, from $41.4 million in
the prior year, reflecting lower average borrowings at lower average rates.
Interest income declined to $8.1 million from $10.4 million a year earlier.
Interpublic also recognized net non-operating gains of $10.3 million in the
quarter, reflecting the sales of marketing services affiliates and an
equity-basis investment, compared to a gain of $3.3 million in 2001. In the
second quarter, Interpublic recorded investment impairment charges of $16.2
million, primarily relating to certain Octagon investments.

Income Taxes
------------

Interpublic's tax rate was 38.9% in the second quarter of 2002, compared to
42.9% in 2001, excluding restructuring and other unusual items. The lower tax
rate is primarily a result of the change in accounting for goodwill
amortization.

Balance Sheet
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On June 30, 2002, Interpublic's total debt was $2,976.3, equal to 56.6% of total
capital. Cash and equivalents totaled $537.3 million and total assets were
$11,772.6. Shareholders' equity was $2,283.7 at the end of the second quarter.

Restatement of Prior Year Charges
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Management recently identified imbalances in certain accounts containing
inter-company activity and related balance sheet items that warranted further
scrutiny. The company therefore conducted a review to accurately quantify the
scope and nature of the discrepancies.

Based on the results of its review, the company will be restating its
previously-issued financial statements, as enumerated in the table appended to
this release. The company will amend, as appropriate, its prior SEC reports as
promptly as practicable.

The company has strengthened certain control processes in order to prevent this
situation from recurring. The company is also conducting an additional review of
internal procedures and personnel.

2001 Charges
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In the second quarter of 2001, Interpublic incurred pretax charges of $272.7
million ($.61 per share) for restructuring expenses, merger-related costs and
asset impairment. Including these charges, the company reported a net loss of
$113.1 million or $.31 per share in the second quarter of 2001, compared to pro
forma EPS of $.30 in the same period, which excludes the charges.

Outlook and Guidance
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The uncertain economic environment has kept the market for advertising services
volatile in 2002 and made for uncertain visibility. Although many clients have
increased their forward commitments for network advertising time, Interpublic's
agencies have yet to see a related change in demand for their services.

As a result, the company now believes earnings for 2002 will be between $1.25
and $1.35 per share, compared to a restated $1.32 per share for 2001. This new
guidance reflects management's belief that the pace of recovery for advertising
and marketing services remains slow.

Third quarter 2002 revenue is expected to decline 5% to 7% relative to the same
period in 2001.

Conference Call
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Management will discuss second quarter results on a conference call beginning at
5PM (EDT) today. The call and a discussion outline can be accessed at the
financial section of the Company's website, www.interpublic.com. An audio
archive of the discussion will remain available at the site for 30 days.

About Interpublic
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The Interpublic Group of Companies is among the world's largest advertising and
marketing organizations. Its four global operating groups are the
McCann-Erickson WorldGroup, the Partnership, FCB Group and Advanced Marketing
Services. Major brands include Draft Worldwide, Foote Cone & Belding Worldwide,
Golin/Harris International, NFO WorldGroup, Initiative Media, Lowe & Partners
Worldwide, McCann-Erickson, Octagon, Universal McCann and Weber Shandwick.

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Contact Information
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Press:                         Investors:

Philippe Krakowsky             Susan Watson

(212) 399-8088                 (212) 399-8208


Cautionary Statement
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This document contains forward-looking statements. Interpublic's representatives
may also make forward-looking statements orally from time to time. Statements in
this document that are not historical facts, including statements about
Interpublic's beliefs and expectations, particularly regarding recent business
and economic trends, the integration of acquisitions and restructuring costs,
constitute forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current
plans, estimates and projections, and therefore undue reliance should not be
placed on them. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are
made, and Interpublic undertakes no obligation to update publicly any of them in
light of new information or future events.

Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of
important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those
contained in any forward-looking statement. Such factors include, but are not
limited to, those associated with the effects of national and regional economic
conditions, Interpublic's ability to attract new clients and retain existing
clients, the financial success of Interpublic's clients, developments from
changes in the regulatory and legal environment for advertising and marketing
and communications services companies around the world, and the successful
completion and integration of acquisitions which complement and expand
Interpublic's business capabilities.

One of Interpublic's business strategies is to acquire businesses that
complement and expand Interpublic's current business capabilities. Accordingly,
Interpublic is usually engaged in evaluating potential acquisition candidates.
Interpublic is frequently engaged in a number of preliminary discussions that
may result in one or more substantial acquisitions. These acquisition
opportunities require confidentiality and from time to time give rise to bidding
scenarios that require quick responses by Interpublic. Although there is
uncertainty that any of these discussions will result in definitive agreements
or the completion of any transactions, the announcement of any such transaction
may lead to increased volatility in the trading price of Interpublic's
securities.

Moreover, the success of recent or contemplated future acquisitions will depend
on the effective integration of newly-acquired businesses into Interpublic's
current operations. Important factors for integration include realization of
anticipated synergies and cost savings and the ability to retain and attract new
personnel and clients.

This document also contains financial information calculated on a "pro forma"
basis, such as results before taking into account certain types of items. In
addition, Interpublic's representatives may from time to time refer to "pro
forma" financial information. Because "pro forma" financial information by its
very nature departs from traditional accounting conventions, this information
should not be viewed as a substitute for the information prepared by Interpublic
in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, including the
balance sheets and statements of income and cash flow contained in Interpublic's
quarterly and annual reports filed with the SEC on Forms 10-Q and 10-K.

Investors should evaluate any statements made by Interpublic in light of these
important factors.


            THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                        CONSOLIDATED SUMMARY OF EARNINGS
                 SECOND QUARTER REPORT 2002 AND 2001 (UNAUDITED)
                   (Amounts in Millions Except per Share Data)




                                                               Three Months Ended June 30,
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                                                                                  Excluding Non-
                                                        Actual Reported           Recurring Items      Excluding Non-
                                                                   2001                     2001       Recurring Items
                                                      2002      (Restated)      2002     (Restated)      % Variance
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Revenue
  United States                                     $  866.0     $1,003.8     $  866.0    $1,003.8          (13.7)
  International                                        747.0        756.6        747.0       756.6           (1.3)
                                                    --------     --------     --------    --------        -------
Total Revenue                                        1,613.0      1,760.4      1,613.0     1,760.4           (8.4)

Operating Costs                                      1,372.2      1,476.5      1,372.2     1,476.5            7.1
Amortization of Intangible Assets                        2.3         42.2          2.3        42.2           94.5
Restructuring and Other Merger Related Costs              --         51.3           --          --             --
Goodwill Impairment & Other Charges                       --        221.4           --          --             --
                                                    --------     --------     --------    --------        -------
Operating Income                                       238.5        (31.0)       238.5       241.7           (1.3)
                                                    --------     --------     --------    --------        -------


Other Income (Expense)
     Interest Expense                                  (36.9)       (41.4)       (36.9)      (41.4)          10.9
     Interest Income                                     8.1         10.4          8.1        10.4          (22.1)
     Other Income (Loss)                                10.3          3.3         10.3         3.3          212.1
     Investment Impairment                             (16.2)          --        (16.2)         --             --
                                                    --------     --------     --------    --------        -------
Total Other Income (Expense)                           (34.7)       (27.7)       (34.7)      (27.7)         (25.3)
                                                    --------     --------     --------    --------        -------

Income (Loss) before Provision for Income Taxes        203.8        (58.7)       203.8       214.0           (4.8)

Provision for Income Taxes                              79.3         46.3         79.3        91.8           13.6
Net Equity Interests (a)                                (7.5)        (8.1)        (7.5)       (8.1)           7.4
                                                    --------     --------     --------    --------        -------
Net Income (Loss)                                   $  117.0     $ (113.1)    $  117.0    $  114.1            2.5
                                                    ========     ========     ========    ========        =======

Per Share Data:
     Basic EPS                                      $   0.31     $  (0.31)    $   0.31    $   0.31             --
     Diluted EPS                                    $   0.31     $  (0.31)    $   0.31    $   0.30            3.3
     Dividend per share - Interpublic               $  0.095     $  0.095     $  0.095    $  0.095             --
                                                                                 
Net Income Addback for Diluted EPS                  $    2.0           --     $    2.0    $    2.2
                                                                               
Weighted Average Shares:
     Basic                                             375.7        368.9        375.7       368.9
     Diluted                                           389.1        368.9        389.1       383.8




(a)  Net equity interests is the net of equity in income of unconsolidated
     affiliates less net income attributable to minority interests of
     consolidated subsidiaries.

Note: Prior period amounts have been restated as discussed in the attached
earnings release.





            THE INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                        CONSOLIDATED SUMMARY OF EARNINGS
                 SECOND QUARTER REPORT 2002 AND 2001 (UNAUDITED)
                   (Amounts in Millions Except per Share Data)




                                                                 Six Months Ended June 30,
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                                                                                  Excluding Non-
                                                       Actual Reported           Recurring Items       Excluding Non-
                                                          (Restated)                (Restated)         Recurring Items
                                                      2002         2001         2002        2001         % Variance
                                                    ----------------------    ---------------------    ---------------
                                                                                        
Revenue
  United States                                     $1,696.1     $2,020.9     $1,696.1    $2,020.9          (16.1)
  International                                      1,337.0      1,414.7      1,337.0     1,414.7           (5.5)
                                                    --------     --------     --------    --------        -------
Total Revenue                                        3,033.1      3,435.6      3,033.1     3,435.6          (11.7)

Operating Costs                                      2,652.0      2,956.3      2,652.0     2,956.3           10.3
Amortization of Intangible Assets                        3.8         84.1          3.8        84.1           95.5
Restructuring and Other Merger Related Costs              --         52.9           --          --             --
Goodwill Impairment & Other Charges                       --        221.4           --          --             --
                                                    --------     --------     --------    --------        -------
Operating Income                                       377.3        120.9        395.2       377.3           (4.5)
                                                    --------     --------     --------    --------        -------


Other Income (Expense)
     Interest Expense                                  (72.2)       (78.9)       (72.2)      (78.9)           8.5
     Interest Income                                    15.0         23.3         15.0        23.3          (35.6)
     Other Income (Loss)                                10.6         11.9         10.6        11.9          (10.9)
     Investment Impairment                             (16.2)      (160.1)       (16.2)         --             --          --
                                                    --------     --------     --------    --------        -------
Total Other Income (Expense)                           (62.8)      (203.8)       (62.8)      (43.7)         (43.7)
                                                    --------     --------     --------    --------        -------

Income (Loss) before Provision for Income Taxes        314.5        (82.9)       314.5       351.5          (10.5)

Provision for Income Taxes                             121.4         46.2        121.4       148.2           18.1
Net Equity Interests (a)                               (10.2)       (13.3)       (10.2)      (13.3)          23.3
                                                    --------     --------     --------    --------        -------
Net Income (Loss)                                   $  182.9     $ (142.4)    $  182.9    $  190.0           (3.7)
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Per Share Data:
     Basic EPS                                      $   0.49     $  (0.39)    $   0.49    $   0.52           (5.8)
     Diluted EPS                                    $   0.48     $  (0.39)    $   0.48    $   0.50           (4.0)
     Dividend per share - Interpublic               $   0.19     $   0.19     $   0.19    $   0.19             --
                                                                                             
Net Income Addback for Diluted EPS                        --           --           --    $    0.3
                                                                                            
Weighted Average Shares:
     Basic                                             374.3         367.5       374.3       367.5
     Diluted                                           381.1         367.5       381.1       376.7



(a)  Net equity interests is the net of equity in income of unconsolidated
     affiliates less net income attributable to minority interests of
     consolidated subsidiaries.

Note: Prior period amounts have been restated as discussed in the attached
earnings release.



            The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
                   (Amounts in Millions Except Per Share Data)



Impact of Restatement

A. Years                                      2001       2000        1999        1998      1997
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Net income (loss) - as reported              $(505.3)    $420.3     $359.4      $374.2     $168.7
Adjustments                                     (5.9)      (6.8)      (5.6)       (4.8)      (4.0)
Net income (loss) - as restated               (511.2)     413.5      353.8       369.4      164.7

Earnings (loss) per share - as reported      $ (1.37)    $ 1.14     $ 0.99      $ 1.04     $ 0.49
Earnings (loss) per share - as restated      $ (1.39)    $ 1.12     $ 0.97      $ 1.03     $ 0.48



                                                      2001                2002
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B. Quarters                                     Q1           Q2            Q1
                                                --           --            --
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Net income (loss) - as reported              $ (28.8)     $(110.2)       $ 66.7
Adjustments                                     (0.6)        (2.9)         (0.8)
Net income (loss) - as restated                (29.4)      (113.1)         65.9

Earnings (loss) per share - as reported      $ (0.08)     $ (0.30)       $ 0.18
Earnings (loss) per share - as restated      $ (0.08)     $ (0.31)       $ 0.17