The number of publishing, information and training M&A deals in 2008's second quarter was down 8% from the first quarter, from 116 to 107; the dollar amount of these deals declined 39% to $7.1 billion from $11.8 billion. Compared to Q2 in 2007 (when M&A activity was at a seven-year high), the number of deals in Q2 2008 fell 12% from 122 and the value was down 79% from $33.2 billion.
Magazine Publishers Of America
While every publisher in America must know that postage costs are on the rise, many cost-saving measures that can benefit both individual players and the industry as a whole remain underutilized, industry groups say.
"Both [Magazine Publishers of America (MPA)] and [American Business Media (ABM)] are exhorting their members to do more co-mailing and drop-shipping," says David R. Straus, postal counsel for ABM. "ABM produced a DVD for members to show why this is important."