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The company also reported more than 3 million digital-only subscriptions and 4 million total subscriptions as of the end of the quarter.
Here's how the company did compared with what Wall Street expected:
The stock surged as much as 27 percent in the premarket but eased off a bit during the trading day. It ended trading 6.9 percent higher than Wednesday's closing price.
The company's 3 million-plus total digital subscriptions is an increase of 24 percent from the year-ago period. The digital subscriptions category includes subscriptions to the company's news content as well as stand-alone subscriptions to the daily crossword and to the company's cooking app.
Subscription revenue increased 4.5 percent year over year and accounted for nearly two-thirds of total revenue for the quarter, CEO Mark Thompson said in a statement. Advertising revenue grew 7.1 percent from a year earlier.
Other revenues — a catch-all category including printing operations and real estate rental income — grew 49.3 percent during the third quarter from the year-ago period.
The New York Times stock, though relatively volatile due to traditionally low trading volume, has been on something of a tear recently. Shares gained 24 percent in the last 30 days and more than 50 percent in the last 12 months.