US magazine circulation slips 1.7 per cent in second half of 2013; digital copies rise

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Magazine industry auditors say that total average U.S. circulation for 386 magazines fell 1.7 per cent in the final six months of the year to 284.9 million.

The Alliance for Audited Media says paid subscriptions were down 1.2 per cent, while newsstand sales fell about 11 per cent.

Digital editions rose about 37 per cent to 10.8 million, representing only 3.5 per cent of total circulation. That’s up from 2.4 per cent of the total in the same period a year ago.

The top three publications by circulation were AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin, which both had more than 22 million copies, followed by Game Informer Magazine, with 7.6 million.

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