Globe circulation continues climb

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Paid circulation at The Boston Globe continues to climb on the strength of digital subscriptions, which shot up by almost 50 percent in six months, according to figures released Tuesday by the Alliance for Audited Media.

The Globe’s weekday circulation, which includes print readership and digital subscriptions, was 245,572 during the six-month period ended in March — its highest since 2009 and 8.9 percent higher than figures for the same period a year earlier. Sunday circulation rose 4.6 percent to 382,452.

It was the third straight period of gains, after circulation fell in every reporting period from 2004 to 2011. The increases helped make the Globe the 24th highest among paid circulation papers in the country, a year after it had fallen out of the top 25.

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