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DMGT digital revenues boosted by search portals while local media profits fall

Revenue for Associated Northcliffe Digital (AND), the digital division of Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), rose by 12 per cent to £46 million over the six months to the end of 2008, boosted by specialist search portals Jobsite, Findaproperty and Primelocation.

However, AND’s total operating profits fell by £3.6 million to £2.2 million after developing automative website Motors.co.uk, according to the group’s report released today.

Operating profits from the group’s local media assets under the Northcliffe media division fell by £4.9 million (13 per cent) to £33.8 million over the same period.

Associated Newspapers also posted a drop in operating profits, but stressed the acquisition of a new printing facility at Didcot was a key factor in this downturn.

Record web traffic for Northcliffe Media’s regional titles

Northcliffe Media’s 50 local ‘Thisis’ newspaper websites have collectively grown their unique users by 56 per cent year-on-year.

According to internal data supplied by the group, its sites gleaned 2,740,000 uniques for January, with visits up 56 per cent to 7,670,000 and page views up 43 per cent to 51,000,000 – the first time the 50m barrier has ever been broken in a single month by Northcliffe, a company statement said.

Northcliffe’s parent company Daily Mail and General Trust revealed in a trading statement earlier this week that its regional news division had seen a 90 per cent increase in digital revenue during the final quarter of 2007.