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March 13, 2009 / 8:21 PM / in 9 years

Washington Post to cut business section-sources

* Business news to move inside the “A” section

* Some Style section columns will cease

* Moves save on newsprint costs

NEW YORK, March 13 (Reuters) - The Washington Post WPO.N will stop publishing a standalone business news section six days out of the week, two sources at the paper said on Friday, a move that will help save on newsprint costs.

The decision, which the Post’s editors explained in a memo obtained by Reuters, means that business news on most days will appear inside the Post’s “A” section on its own page.

The Post also will stop running full listings of daily stock-price movements on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Instead, it will offer a half-page package of statistics and graphics showing how major national and local stocks fared, the memo said.

The decision comes at a time when stories about business, finance and the economic crisis are dominating U.S. headlines.

“We remain absolutely committed to the strongest, in-depth and authoritative coverage of business locally, economics and economic-policy nationally, and the hugely important intersection of government, politics and money,” said the memo, signed by top editors including Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli. “The new approach will make that abundantly clear.”

The paper will run an enhanced Sunday Business section that will include new financial tables and graphics along with more personal finance stories aimed at helping people and small businesses survive the downturn, the memo said.

In the Style section, the Post will move some comics online. It also will end one of its crossword puzzles and its weekly chess and poker columns.

(Reporting by Robert MacMillan; editing by Richard Chang)

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