Detroit Steal: Web Traffic, Single-Copy Sales Up

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Executives with Detroit’s daily newspapers say they have kept more readers and subscribers than they expected, more than a month after reducing home delivery and increasing electronic offerings.

Officials with The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and the partnership that handles their business operations didn’t offer specifics on overall readership and subscriptions.

But they say Web traffic and single-copy sales have increased since March 30 ? the day they launched the plan to deal with declining circulation and changing readership tastes.

Home delivery now is limited to Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Free Press Editor and Publisher Paul Anger said at a panel discussion Thursday the economy has hurt revenue.

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