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Record ad revenue rise at Sun and News of the World

LONDON – News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun and the News of the World, has reported record ad-revenue figures across both titles and related publications for the year to 30 June 2003.

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The Sun recorded revenues up 4.2%, which included income from its TV Magazine and The Sun Online. Revenues on its sister paper the News of the World was up 8.7%, including income from its Sunday Magazine supplement.

Ian Clark, director of advertising, said the rise in revenues was down to increased investment by the publisher to help advertisers get more out of their budgets.

"This is a tough period for the industry but we've got a really strong sales team and when you couple that with greater resources and an improved understanding of client needs, then it's easier to deliver," he said.

Clark added that the newspapers had benefitted from increased spending on inserts and ads from retail clients.

He said: "Our greatest increases in ad revenue have come from areas where return on investment is more readily highlighted, such as inserts and display ads from the retail sector. Our record performance from the strategic sales team also reflects our innovation."

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