The increase in advertising revenue was the largest since March 2004. Excluding About.com, which was acquired in March 2005, advertising revenue increased 6% and total revenue increased 2%.
Strength in financial services, corporate, telecommunications and U.S. fashion advertising offset weakness in studio entertainment advertising.
Ad revenue for the full year was up just over 2%. Earnings declined nearly 6% to $481 million, from $510 million in 2004.
Overall circulation revenue fell 2% in December, largely due to weakness at the Boston Globe. Circulation for the year was down 1%.