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News Summary: Newsweek had unique troubles

Associated Press Published: October 19, 2012

THE DEVELOPMENT: Newsweek decided to stop publishing a print edition after 80 years and bet its life entirely on a digital future.

INDUSTRY TRENDS: By several measures, the magazine business has stabilized, albeit at a lower level. Paid magazine subscriptions were up 1.1 percent in the first half of the year. U.S. magazine ad revenue, including digital, is seen rising 2.6 percent this year, according to research firm eMarketer.

THE CONCLUSION: Analysts say that given those trends, Newsweek's decision is an indication of its unique troubles.