Print ad expenditures were down 9.4% in the same period, however, and total (combined print and online) newspaper ad expenditures were down 7.9% for the year.
The following table breaks down online and print newspaper ad expenditures, by quarter, for 2007 and 2006:
In the fourth quarter of 2007, advertising expenditures for newspaper websites increased to $847 million, up 13.6% compared with the same period a year earlier.
That was the thirteenth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth for online newspaper advertising since NAA started reporting online ad spending in 2004.
Advertising expenditures at newspapers and their websites, combined, totaled $12.6 billion for the fourth quarter; spending for print ads in newspapers totaled $11.7 billion.
Those figures are down from the fourth quarter of 2006, when total advertising expenditures were $14 billion, and print ad spend was $13.2 billion.
The following table breaks down newspaper print ad expenditures, by segment and quarter, for 2007 and 2006:
About the data: The NAA website has quarterly and annual ad spending numbers in their entirety.