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Fewer dailies sold in Hungary

Hungarian newspapers across the board are suffering a decline in circulation, business daily Világgazdaság said citing a report by the Hungarian Federation for Distribution Control. In the third quarter of 2005, all papers sold fewer copies than a year before. The sharpest 9.4 % decline was registered by the biggest circulation broadsheet Népszabadság, which is considered close to the Socialist-Liberal government. The one-time flagship daily of the communist regime, sold in over 700,000 copies before 1990, had an average sales figure of about 152,000 in the period under survey, down from 162,000 a year before. The right-wing Magyar Nemzet, close to the opposition Fidesz party, came in second among the political dailies with 71,100 copies, 9.2 % fewer than in the third quarter of 2004. Blikk, the top-selling tabloid, reported average sales of 250,500 while the sports daily Nemzeti Sport had an average circulation of 88,700. Among the economic weeklies, HVG attracts the biggest readership, with 92,400 copies sold.