But a spokesman said: "We wanted a massive mobilisation of shareholders and we have achieved that. Eurotunnel's chairman Jacques Gounon looked to be heading for victory last night in his attempt to see off a challenge to his leadership of the embattled Channel Tunnel operator. The company said that shareholders owning 40 per cent of its stock had cast their votes by proxy before tomorrow's crucial annual general meeting near Calais, at which the former Eurotunnel chief executive Jean-Louis Raymond and the rebel shareholder Nicholas Miguet will attempt to unseat M Gounon.The large turn-out is expected to favour M. Mr Bowdler said that apart from recruitment advertising, all the other main categories of spending were in line with the company's second-half performance last year.. "The board therefore expects a satisfactory outcome for the year, despite a cautious outlook for advertising," the company's statement said.A similar pattern in the company's advertising performance could be seen in 2001, the previous general election year, said Mr Bowdler.Publishers of regional newspapers have provided a bright spot in the industry at a time when national titles have been hit by tough advertising conditions and pressure on circulation Local advertising has generally held up well.
The fall was mainly due to lower recruitment advertising.Johnston said it was maintaining good control of its costs and that the increase in newsprint prices had been mitigated. Tim Bowdler, Johnston's chief executive, said: "This is certainly not a profits warning but we are taking a cautious view of the market."The statement said that after advertising had grown 2.6 per cent in the first two months of the year the trading environment had become more difficult, with growth to the end of April falling to 1.4 per cent."May suffered the traditional adverse impact of the general election and was down by 4.7 per cent," the company said. Johnston Press, the regional newspaper publisher, has been hit by a weakening in recruitment advertising, a sign that employers are becoming less confident about their prospects.
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