The Newspaper Association of America reported a 3.5 percent gain in advertising sales in the first quarter of 2004 compared to the same quarter last year, with real estate classified ad spending up 6.2 percent to $833 million. The association is a nonprofit organization that represents more than 2,000 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. Most members are daily newspapers, accounting for 87 percent of the U.S. daily circulation. In the fourth quarter of 2003, real estate classified ad spending was up 6.6 percent over the fourth quarter of 2003, to $1.2 billion, the association reported. "These solid growth numbers across the range of major advertising categories provide further evidence of newspapers' continued strength as a mass medium in the recovering economy," said John F. Sturm, ass...
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