Daily newspaper circulation in the Puget Sound area and the nation declined more slowly in the past six months, according to new figures.
Figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations released Monday showed average daily newspaper circulation dropped by 5 percent among the region’s six daily newspapers – the same rate of decline shown nationwide.
At The News Tribune, daily circulation for that period was 82,855, a decline of 7,715, or 8.5 percent.
Fellow McClatchy paper The Olympian saw a slightly larger decline, 8.9 percent, to 24,612.
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Sunday circulation was off a lesser amount for the region, at 6.1 percent. At The News Tribune, Sunday circulation decreased by 9.1 percent. At The Olympian, it was down 10.2 percent.
“Over the last several months we’ve been exceeding our expectation in home delivery subscriptions,” said Christian Lee, vice president of circulation for The News Tribune and The Olympian.
News Tribune readership figures in the region declined slightly in the past year. Readership measures the number of people reading the stories, both in print and online. Fifteen percent of everyone in the region has read The News Tribune in the past 30 days, down from 16.6 percent.