The Afternoon Report, Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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Magazines’ Newsstand Slide Smaller in Canada
But That May Be Good News for U.S. Publishers – by NAT IVES

Magazines have long blamed their continuing newsstand declines on everything from gas prices to store layouts — everything but demand for magazines themselves.

While U.S. magazines’ newsstand sales were down 10% in second half-2011 year-over-year, for example, Canadian titles slipped 2.4% at newsstands, according to publishers’ reports with the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

Smaller declines for Canada have been the newsstand norm in recent years — except in the second half of 2010, when U.S. magazines fell 7.3% year-over-year, while their Canadian peers grew 6.1%. U.S. magazines haven’t turned in a year-over-year newsstand increase for at least a decade, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

If all of this seems like just another frustration for U.S. publishers, it isn’t. Several of the reasons that Canadian newsstands are doing better support U.S. publishers’ argument that long-term reader demand is only part of the problem. Some of the other problems are temporary, unrelated to magazines, or both.

Canadians, for one thing, are enjoying a healthier economy. “We are in a bit of a recession, but not like in the States,” said Chris Purcell, VP-marketing consumer solutions at TC Media, which publishes titles including Canadian Living, Style at Home and Elle Canada. “There’s no housing collapse. Unemployment is higher than normal, but nothing like the U.S.”

A stronger real-estate market means that magazines about the home are faring better. And a somewhat stronger economy in general may well be letting consumers continue more of their impulse buys — such as magazines on the newsstand.

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Link to Broadway Grosses for the week ending March 11, 2012:

Current week:
1. Wicked $1,662,595
2. The Lion King
3. The Book of Mormon
4. Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
5. Jersey Boys

Last week:
1. Wicked $1,501,011
2. The Book of Mormon
3. The Lion King
4. Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
5. Jersey Boys

5 Years Ago:
1.  Wicked - $1,370,150
2.  Jersey Boys
3.  The Lion King
4.  Mary Poppins
5.  Mamma Mia!

10 Years Ago:
1.  The Producers - $1,227,831
2.  The Lion King
3.  Mamma Mia!
4.  42nd Street
5.  Aida

Opening this week:


Death of a Salesman Ethel Barrymore Theater  – Thursday, March 15

Once Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre – Sunday, March 18

Off Broadway

Gatz The Public Theater  – Wednesday, March 14

Teresa’s Ecstasy Cherry Lane Theatre – Wednesday, March 14

No Place To Go Joe’s Pub…at the Public Theater  – Wednesday, March 14

The Maids Theatre at St. Clement’s  – Thursday, March 15

Innocent Flesh The Actors’ Temple Theatre  – Thursday, March 15

Lucky Duck New Victory Theater  – Friday, March 16

The Taming of the Shrew The Duke on 42nd Street  – Saturday, March 17

A Moon for the Misbegotten New York City Center – Stage II  – Sunday, March 18

Court –Martial at Fort Devens New Federal Theatre  – Sunday, March 18

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