01/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Best And Worst Ads Of 2008

It took a year for economists to call the recession. Yet Madison Avenue felt the pinch earlier than most industries.

Despite an ad-rich presidential election and the Olympics, U.S. ad spending this year is expected to decline 3.8% to $172.5 billion, according to Publicis Groupe SA, as sharp pullbacks in the second half by auto makers and others put an end to routine annual gains.

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