WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                              FORM 8-K
                           CURRENT REPORT
               PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF THE
                   SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): April 17, 1998
           The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.              
       (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

Delaware                         1-6686              13-1024020
(State or other               (Commission           (IRS Employer
Jurisdiction                  File Number)          Identification Number)
of incorporation)

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

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

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

Item 9.   Sales of Equity Securities Pursuant to Regulation S.

On April 17, 1998, The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. ("Interpublic")
sold 34,440 shares of its common stock, par value $.10 (the "Shares"), to 
two Swiss individuals as a portion, valued at Swiss Francs 1,576,500 out of
a total payment of Swiss Francs 3,153,000 as an installment payment of the 
purchase price for 80% of the issued and outstanding shares of capital stock
of Bosch & Butz Werbeagentur AG BSW, a Swiss company, the acquisition of
which was closed on December 1, 1995.

No underwriter or placement agent was used in connection with the sale of
the Shares.

The transaction was effected in an "offshore transaction" and in accordance 
with the "offering restrictions" and "no directed selling efforts" 
requirements of Rule 903(c)(2) of Regulation S under the Securities Act of


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.


Date: May 4, 1998                       By: NICHOLAS J. CAMERA
                                             VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL
                                             AND SECRETARY