Online classifieds pull Spir back into the black

07 Sep 2012
Figures from Q1 for Spir Communication show the generalist media group back into profit thanks to the activities of its property and motoring portals which saw growth of over 19 percent. By way of comparison Spir's general press sector continued to see profits decline by 6 percent. Overall the company saw an operating profit up by nearly 19 percent which should continue to reassure investors

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Steve Shipside

Steve Shipside has been a technology and business journalist since 1990. He has written for numerous daily newspapers (Guardian, Times, Telegraph etc.), websites (including the BBC), and TV (he was a presenter for the Blue Chip business program on Sky TV). Over the years he has written just about everything from celebrity chef interviews for Healthy Eating magazine to Spice Girls profiles for French fashion magazine Citizen K. His specialty, however, is communications and marketing, which is a subject that he covered extensively for Wired as well as trade titles Campaign, Ads International, and Revolution. He has also published books on e-marketing (Capstone), presentations (Dorling Kindersley), communicating effectively (DK), and CVs (Dummies guides). He is based in Paris and London and writes news, features, and analysis on the U.K. and French markets for the AIM Group, as well as training French newspaper journalists in the dark arts of social media.