Consumer spending on magazines increased last year, according to the Periodical Publishers Association. The PPA quotes the latest figures released from the Advertising Statistics Yearbook which shows that consumer expenditure on magazines rose by 5.6% in real terms between 2000 and 2001. The figures,compiled by the World Advertising Research Center, show that purchasers' expenditure on the medium reached £1.8bn in 2001. The rise was fuelled both by increased overall circulation and an increase in cover prices, says the PPA. Total circulation was up by 2 million to 1.3bn copies a year, while the average cover price rose by 10p from £1.33 to £1.43. The yearbook also paints a positive picture for advertising in consumer magazines in 2001. Total advertising in the medium was up 2.1% in real terms to £779m, bolstered by a 4.6% increase in display advertising. Over the same period total media advertising fell by 2.6% to £16.55bn. {{CTN }}