Dow Jones Releases New Global Sales Figures

NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dow Jones today released newly measured Global Sales and Subscription figures for its consumer businesses, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Financial News and MarketWatch. Independently assured by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP UK (PwC), these figures capture the company's global audience and will provide a clear and consistent measure for its digital business.

"We are a global business and need a new, transparent, best-in-class measurement to report on our performance. This is the Global Sales & Subscriptions picture for Dow Jones, the foundation and core of our business," said Katie Vanneck-Smith, Chief Customer Officer for Dow Jones. "It has never been more important where you get the news, and the affinity and loyalty of a subscriber audience is equally critical to our continued success."

For the quarter ended September 30, 2014, Dow Jones reported 2.655 million Global Sales, defined as subscriptions as well as categories such as single copy sales and copies purchased by hotels for distribution to guests. This figure includes 2.169 million global sales for The Wall Street Journal, of which 702,000 are digital-only. For The Wall Street Journal, the figures comprise consumer and corporate sales to the core print and digital products. Barron's magazine generated 419,000 global sales for the quarter. Subscriptions to Factiva, which provides 1.1 million users access to Journal content, are not included in the figures.

Click here to review the complete report (See: Global Sales and Subscriptions). Dow Jones will report Global Sales and Subscriptions quarterly, each time with independent assurance by PwC.

More broadly, The Wall Street Journal Digital Network of sites generated a monthly average of 479.4 million page views and 133.3 million visits over the past 12 months (source: Adobe Omniture).

The Wall Street Journal in September launched WSJ+, a subscriber membership program initially available to US subscribers, which will launch globally next year.

Dow Jones will continue its membership and activity in third-party circulation audit agencies but will no longer report digital circulation in the US via the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM). The Journal and Barron's will continue to report print circulation via AAM.

About Dow Jones

Dow Jones is a global provider of news and business information, delivering content to consumers and organizations via newspapers, Web sites, apps, video, newsletters, magazines, proprietary databases, conferences, and radio. Dow Jones has produced unrivaled quality content for 125 years and today has one of the world's largest news-gathering operations with nearly 2,000 journalists in more than 80 bureaus, including The Wall Street Journal, America's largest newspaper by paid circulation. Other premier brands include Factiva, Barron's, MarketWatch, DJX, Dow Jones Risk & Compliance, Dow Jones Newswires, and Dow Jones VentureSource. Dow Jones publishes in 13 languages and distributes content in 28 languages, combining technology with news and data to support business decision making. The company pioneered the first successful paid online news site and its industry leading innovation enables it to serve customers wherever they may be, via the Web, mobile devices, Internet-connected televisions, and tablets.

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