Survey: Free Papers Faced 'Exceedingly Tough' Fourth Quarter

february 4, 2009  09:11 am
The Association of Free Community Papers' fourth-quarter member survey (not available online) showed many free-circulation community newspapers and shoppers finishing a difficult year with an exceedingly tough fourth quarter. Seventy-three percent of respondents reported that fourth-quarter revenue was down, compared to 66 percent that had reported a year-over-year sales decline in the third quarter. The decreases spanned the country, according to AFCP, but suburban markets were harder hit than urban and rural areas.