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Time Inc misses revenue estimates as advertising sales slip

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(Reuters) - Inc, the publisher of Fortune, People and magazines, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly on Tuesday, hurt by declines in magazine sales and advertising

Circulation revenue, which accounts for nearly 30 percent of Time's total revenue, fell 12.3 percent to $207 million in the second quarter ended June 30.

Advertising also dipped about 12 percent to $374 million, driven by declines in both print and digital advertising.

New York-based has struggled to boost magazine subscriptions and advertising as more people move online for their and entertainment and advertisers shift away from print media to digital platforms such as Google and Facebook.

"We believe our advertising revenues were negatively impacted by the public speculation about the ownership of the company and the trailing effect of the disruption from the reorganization of our advertising sales force," the company said in a statement.

Time, under pressure from investors to explore a sale, in April failed to sell itself after disagreements with potential buyer Meredith Corp over price.

also announced a cost-cutting plan on Tuesday, targeting adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization of at least $500 million to $600 million in the next three to four years.

The company has already undertaken restructuring measures, including the elimination of 300 jobs or 4 percent of its workforce in June.

reported a loss of $44 million, or 44 cents per share in the second quarter, compared with a profit of $18 million, or 79 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned 13 cents per share, edging past analysts' average estimate of 11 cents, according to Thomson I/B/E/S.

fell 9.7 percent to $694 million, missing analysts' expectations of $703.5 million.

(Reporting by Laharee Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar)

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