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VNU Business Media shutters ‘Amusement Business’

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New York—VNU Business Media has shuttered Amusement Business, a monthly trade publication that debuted in 1894. Its last issue was this month.

The magazine, which had a circulation of about 6,000, was distributed to owners and managers of amusement and theme parks, family entertainment centers, fairs, festivals, carnivals and other touring attractions, sports franchises and stadiums. It was also delivered to vendors who serve those industries.

“Industry consolidation in the core festival, fair, carnival and theme park markets continued to put the brand in a challenged position over the last several years,” said Tony Uphoff, president of the film & performing arts group at VNU Business Media, in a statement.

Earlier this month, a consortium of private equity firms reached an agreement to buy VNU, parent of VNU Business Media, for $9.7 billion.

—Matthew Schwartz

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