Friday, September 05, 2008

Newspaper sales headed below $40B

Newspaper advertising sales this year are on track to fall some $5.5 billion to less than $40 billion, which would make for the lowest volume since 1996.

Based on the record $3 billion drop in sales in the first six months of this year, it appears that the industry’s combined print and online revenues will come in at $39.9 billion.

The last time annual sales were below $40 billion was in 1996, when the industry took in $38 billion in revenues.

Adjusted for inflation, the 1996 sales are equal to $49.8 billion in 2007 dollars. Thus, it could be argued that the industry’s projected revenues for this year will be nearly 20% lower than they were a dozen years ago.

The sales forecast for 2008 is based on the assumption that the uindustry will produce 47% of its revenues in the first six months of the year, as it has done on average in the last five years.

Unforeseen events – good or bad – could affect the actual outcome.


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