AAM names 17 member publications as top business magazines

Feb. 26, 2013 -- The Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) released its list of the top 25 U.S. business publications for the second half of 2012, ranked by total circulation, with seven ABM members capturing 17 spots.

Once again, Crain Communications secured the most spots with six publications (InvestmentNews, Automotive News, Advertising Age, Crain's New York Business, Crain's Chicago Business and Plastics News).

Other members named on the list include:

Advanstar (Motor Age, Automotive Body Repair News)
PennWell Corporation (Oil & Gas Journal, Fire Engineering)
NewBay Media (Tech & Learning)
The McGraw-Hill Companies (Architectural Record, ENR: Engineering News-Record, Greensource)
Penton Media (Nation's Restaurant News) 
Lebhar-Friedman (Drug Store News, Home Channel News)

The top spot was awarded to International Fire Fighter by the International Association of Fire Fighters. Three publications -- Nation's Restaurant News, Greensource and Packaging Machinery Technology -- debuted on this top-25 list when compared to the top-25 list for the first half of 2012.

Paid vs. non-paid

The list shakes up when ranked by paid circulation. Only 44 percent (11 out of 25) of AAM's top 25 have a larger paid circulation than non-paid circulation. Additionally, 11 publications drop out of the top 25 when ranked by paid circulation.

The full report is available to AAM members, here. The report includes circulation numbers from participating publications that filed a Publisher's Statement by AAM's Feb. 13 press deadline.

AAM's Top U.S. Business Publications, 2H 2012 (combined paid and non-paid circulation)

1. International Fire Fighter - International Association of Fire Fighters (280,955)
2. Motor Age - Advanstar (120,104)
3. Modern Salon - Vance Publishing (103,058)
4. Oil & Gas Journal - PennWell Corporation (100,462)
5. Tech & Learning - NewBay Media (92,988)
6. Architectural Record - The McGraw-Hill Companies (90,745)
7. Interior Design - Sandow Media (69,590)
8. High Performing Buildings - ASHRAE (67,323)
9. InvestmentNews - Crain Communications (61,379)
10. Nation's Restaurant News - Penton Media (61,010)
11. ENR: Engineering News-Record - The McGraw-Hill Companies (59,812)
12. Automotive News - Crain Communications (58,918)
13. Advertising Age - Crain Communications (56,215)
14. ASHRAE Journal - ASHRAE (55,546)
15. Crain's New York Business - Crain Communications (52,900)
16. Fire Engineering - Pennwell Corporation (49,503)
17. Digital Photo Pro - Werner Publishing Corproration (48,614)
18. Crain's Chicago Business - Crain Communications (45,660)
19. Plastics News - Crain Communications (45,360)
20. Automotive Body Repair News - Advanstar (45,324)
21. Stores - NRF (41,570)
22. Greensource - The McGraw-Hill Companies (39,438)
23. Drug Store News - Lehbar-Friedman Inc. (36,391)
24. Home Channel News - Lehbar-Friedman Inc. (36,119)
25. Packaging Machinery Technology - PMMI (35,133)

AAM's Top U.S. Business Publications, 2H 2012 (paid circulation only)

1. International Fire Fighter - International Association of Fire Fighters (208,955)
2. Oil & Gas Journal - PennWell Corporation (100,462)
3. Interior Design - Sandow Media (69,590)
4. Automotive News - Crain Communications (58,918)
5. ENR Engineering News-Record - The McGraw-Hill Companies (57,521)
6. ASHRAE Journal - ASHRAE (45,078)
7. Fire Engineering - PennWell Corporation (49,503)
8. Digital Photo Pro - Werner Publishing Corporation (48,614)
9. Architectural Record - The McGraw-Hill Companies (48,580)
10. Nation's Restaurant News - Penton Media (33,301)
11. Atlanta Business Chronicle - American City Business Journals (32,097)
12. Crain's Chicago Business - Crain Communications (31,666)
13. Transport Topics - American Trucking Associations (25,617)
14. Crain's Detroit Business - Crain Communications (25,400)
15. Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration News - BNP Media (23,012)
16. Crain's New York Business - Crain Communications (21,957)
17. Advertising Age - Crain Communications (20,381)
18. Crain's Cleveland Business - Crain Communciations (19,975)
19. St. Louis Business Journal - American City Business Journals (18,893)
20. One+ - Meeting Professionals International (18,824)
21. Modern Salon - Vance Publishing (18,643)
22. Puget Sound Business Journal - American City Business Journals (18,079)
23. Landscape Architecture - American Society of Landscape Archtiects (17,885)
24. San Francisco Business Times - American City Business Journals (17,346)
25. Washington Business Journal - American City Business Journals (16,382)

by Elizabeth A. Reid

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