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November 11, 2005

Newspaper Circulation Down

The average weekday circulation at U.S. newspapers fell 2.6 percent in the six month-period ending this September. Here are the figures for the 20 biggest U.S. newspapers, as reported Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The percentage changes are from the comparable year-ago period.

  1. USA Today, 2,296,335, down 0.59 per cent
  2. The Wall Street Journal, 2,083,660, down 1.10 per cent
  3. The New York Times, 1,126,190, up 0.46 per cent
  4. Los Angeles Times, 843,432, down 3.79 per cent
  5. New York Daily News, 688,584, down 3.70 per cent
  6. The Washington Post, 678,779, down 4.09 per cent
  7. New York Post, 662,681, down 1.74 per cent
  8. Chicago Tribune, 586,122, down 2.47 per cent
  9. Houston Chronicle, 521,419, down 6.01 per cent
  10. The Boston Globe, 414,225, down 8.25 per cent
  11. The Arizona Republic, 411,043, down 0.54 per cent
  12. The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. , 400,092, up 0.01 per cent
  13. San Francisco Chronicle, 391,681, down 16.4 per cent
  14. Star Tribune of Minneapolis-St. Paul, 374,528, down 0.26 per cent
  15. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 362,426, down 8.73 per cent
  16. The Philadelphia Inquirer, 357,679, down 3.16 per cent
  17. Detroit Free Press, 341,248, down 2.18 per cent
  18. The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, 339,055, down 4.46 per cent
  19. The Oregonian, Portland, 333,515, down 1.24 per cent
  20. The San Diego Union-Tribune, 314,279, down 6.24 per cent.

Circulation has been steadily declining at newspapers for several years as readers look to other media such as cable TV and the Internet for news. Tougher rules on telemarketing have also hurt newspapers' ability to sign up new readers.

Newspapers also face sluggish growth in advertising, higher newsprint prices and increasing concern among investors about their growth prospects. The second-largest newspaper publisher in the country, Knight Ridder Inc., is facing a revolt from two of its top shareholders, who want the company to be sold.

The World is Flat (mp3).

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Posted by dymaxion at November 11, 2005 05:49 PM


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