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Los Angeles Times 5th-largest newspaper, says circulation report

November 1, 2011 |  9:31 am

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The Los Angeles Times is the fifth-largest newspaper in the country, based on new circulation numbers from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

In the six months ending Sept. 30, the publication’s circulation – the number of copies it distributes on an average day – reached 572,998, according to the Tuesday report.

The paper’s Sunday circulation of 905,920 copies was the third-highest, though it was down more than 4% from the previous six-month period. Daily circulation is down more than 5% from 605,000.

The Wall Street Journal is leading the pack with nearly 2.1 million copies each day, followed by USA Today with nearly 1.8 million, the New York Times with 1.1 million and the New York Daily News with nearly 606,000.

The San Jose Mercury News, the New York Post, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and the Dallas Morning News rounded out the top 10.

Though the top two papers saw a slight decline, with the Journal slipping 1% and USA Today dropping 2.5%, the New York Times' circulation soared more than 25%

The New York Times also had the top Sunday circulation, with 1.6 million readers, followed by the Houston Chronicle’s 911,000 readers.

Executives at the New York Times said the circulation spike had much to do with the online paywall instituted in March. As more readers shun print products in favor of digital content, newspapers are increasingly exploring options such as online subscription packages and editions distributed through e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.

The Wall Street Journal brought in 537,000 digital readers, followed by the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Newsday and the Detroit Free Press.

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Photo: A pedestrian looks at a Los Angeles Times news rack in Mar Vista on Tuesday. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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