But diluted net income per share rose two cents, or 1.7 percent, to $1.19 compared to $1.17 for the first quarter of 2019.
A number of holding companies say they will not enter the awards, while others have yet to decide.
Company institutes global remote-working to help contain COVID-19, according to internal memo.
A healthy Q4 saw mixed results in some geographies, while China stands out with negative growth in 2019, and current "uncertainty" expected to impact 2020 performance.
WPP is set to retain the business in India
Iain Jacob predicted that a new breed of creativity and entrepreneurialism could thwart attempts by the "big six" to reinvent themselves.
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