Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Publisher Johnston Press revenue slumps 10% in first half of year

Publisher Johnston Press saw revenue fall by 10% in the first half of 2018.

Digital advertising was hit after changes to Google's online search algorithm and Facebook's news feed.

The Scotsman and Yorkshire Post publisher said overall revenue slid to £93m ($118.6m) in the six months to July, from £103.3m a year before.

But the firm reported a pre-tax profit of £6.2m compared with a loss of £10.2m a year earlier, benefiting from strong sales at the "I" national paper.

Johnston Press shares fell as much as 21% after the results and were down by 15% in late morning trade.
The group, which owns about 200 titles across the UK, said underlying advertising revenues fell by 15% while classified ad sales plunged 28.5% year-on-year.

Digital advertising revenues, which have previously helped offset a decline in traditional advertising sales, were down by 7.4%.

BBC         News.

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