|The first-quarter results from the Newspaper Association of America stand out against a general recovery in ad spending for other media, and suggest that newspaper print ad revenues are locked into a permanent, long-term decline.
Total print advertising revenues fell 9.5 per cent from $5.25 billion in the first quarter of 2010 to $4.75 billion in the first quarter of 2011, according to the NAA -- the lowest first-quarter revenue figure since 1983.
Those stats are down 55 per cent from 2006, when total first-quarter print revenues came to $10.5 billion. This marks the 20th straight quarter of year-over-year print revenue declines.
As in previous quarters, the losses were spread across all of the main advertising categories. National advertising fell 11 per cent from $1.04 billion to $924 million; retail fell 9.5 per cent from $2.95 billion to $2.67 billion; and classifieds fell 8.15 per cent from $1.25 billion to $1.15 billion.
Within the classifieds category, automotive slipped 4.7 per cent to $266.5 million and real estate tumbled 19.3 per cent to $197.7 million. Only recruitment increased, ticking up 4.3 per cent to $165.7 million. All other types of classifieds fell 8.5 per cent to $520.8 million.
The one bright spot on the newspaper balance sheet was online ad revenues, which increased 10.6 per cent from $730.4 million to $807.9 million, representing 14.5 per cent of total industry advertising revenues. Combined online and print ad revenues decreased 7 per cent to $5.56 billion.