Ad spending posts increase over 2001
Advertising spending for the first half of 2002 rose 2.3 percent over the same period last year, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen Monitor-Plus, a service of Nielsen Media Research. Six of the nine reported media categories saw increases in advertising activity, led by local newspaper, up 9 percent, which was followed by Hispanic TV, up almost 7 percent, an increase that was partly attributable to this year’s World Cup.
Network, cable and spot TV all were up in the 2 percent to 3 percent range, while spot radio rose only 1 percent. Syndicated television and Internet advertising were the biggest decliners, both down more than 8 percent compared with the first half of 2001, while national magazines declined slightly.
The automobile category continues to be the largest advertising category overall, followed by restaurants, motion pictures, department stores and prescription drugs.
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