Jun 04, 2013

    Global trends

    More than half of the world's adult population read a daily newspaper: 2.5 billion read it in print, more than 600 million read it in digital form.

    The newspaper industry generates more than US$200 billion (S$251 billion) of revenue annually.

    Newspaper circulation declined only 0.9 per cent globally last year from a year earlier, as rising circulation in Asia offset circulation losses elsewhere.

    Circulation declined 2.2 per cent globally between 2008 and last year, with the steepest declines in Europe.

    It increased over five years in Asia (9.8 per cent), the Middle East and North Africa (10.5 per cent) and Australia and New Zealand (1 per cent).

    Newspaper-advertising revenues declined 2 per cent globally last year from a year earlier, and 22 per cent since 2008. The decline was driven primarily by newspaper- advertising declines in the United States, where print advertising fell 42 per cent over five years, accounting for nearly three quarters of the global loss in newspaper advertising.