Weekday circulation of the Los Angeles Times fell 3.8 percent in the six months ending Sept. 30 from the same period a year ago, with most of the region's other newspapers reporting similar declines, according to data released Monday.

Times weekday circulation averaged 843,432 in the six months ending Sept. 30, while Sunday circulation was 1,247,588 in the same period, according to figures the newspaper provided to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The Sunday circulation declined 3.5 percent from prior-year levels.

The San Fernando Valley-based Daily News, reported a daily circulation of 169,379, a decrease of 5.1 percent from the previous year, with Sunday circulation down 2.6 percent to 195,158. Weekday circulation at the third-largest daily, Spanish-language La Opinion, dropped 0.3 percent to 124,647 weekdays. Sunday circulation was down 5.1 percent to 64,791.

The Orange County Register reported a weekday circulation of 298,456, down 3.2 percent from the prior-year levels, with Sunday circulation down 3.6 percent to 357,563.

The Audit Bureau of Circulations, based in Schaumburg, Ill., tracks the circulation of newspapers, magazines and other publications twice annually. The circulations were reported by individual publishers and have not been audited.

Nationally, the 789 U.S. daily newspapers in the survey reported a 2.6 percent decline for weekday circulation and a Sunday circulation decline of 3.1 percent, according to a Newspaper Association of America analysis, with most large metro papers suffering declines. A rare exception was the New York Times, which reported a 0.5 percent increase in weekday circulation to 1.26 million.

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