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Originally published Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 12:48 PM

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Lee Enterprises posts smaller 2Q loss

Lee Enterprises Inc., the publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other newspapers, reported a smaller loss for its fiscal second quarter on Tuesday.

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DAVENPORT, Iowa —

Lee Enterprises Inc., the publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other newspapers, reported a smaller loss for its fiscal second quarter on Tuesday.

Lee said it lost $6 million, or 12 cents per share, in the January-March period. That compares with a loss of $26.6 million, or 54 cents per share, in the same period a year ago. The year-ago quarter included $38.6 million in financing and reorganization expenses.

Excluding one-time items, Lee lost $2.5 million, or 5 cents per share, compared with an adjusted loss of $1.3 million, or 3 cents per share, a year ago.

Revenue fell 2 percent to $160.6 million from $164.6 million. It was the company's best revenue performance in two years.

Advertising revenue fell 5 percent to $106.5 million from $112.4 million. Circulation revenue grew 3 percent to $44 million from $42.5 million.

Operating expenses fell 3 percent to $128.7 million from $132.4 million.

Shares of the Davenport, Iowa-based company rose 7 cents, or 5.2 percent, to $1.35 in midday trading. The stock is up 16.7 percent so far in 2013.

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