Record-Setting 2007 for M&A Deals
Media and information merger-and-acquisition transactions reached record highs of 838 deals totaling nearly $110 Billion in value in 2007, an increase of 32% and 79% respectively, over 2006.
Source: The Jordan, Edmiston Group Inc.
2007 Ad Pages Flat, Revenue Slightly Up, Among Consumer Mags
Consumer magazine ad pages were largely flat for both the fourth quarter and the year in 2007, while total ad revenue for the year increased 6.1% compared to 2006.
Nine of the 12 categories tracked showed increases in ad dollars over 2006 figures, and seven of the 12 accounted for more ad pages than in 2006.
Source: Magazine Publishers of America’s Publishers Information Bureau
Custom Publishing Spending Up, Circulation Down in 2007
Custom publishing spending continued its seven-year growth run in 2007, hitting an all-time high of $55.6 billion. Spending on custom pubs has more than doubled since first tabulated in 2000.
Circulation per issue for custom publications decreased in 2007 for the first time since 2001, although total average circulation has increased by 80% since 1999.
Source: “A Look at the Volume and Type of Custom Publications in America”—a study by the Custom Publishing Council