SOURCE: Oxbridge Communications

April 30, 2007 08:59 ET

Automotive Catalogs Double in Number From 2002 to 2007 According to The National Directory of Catalogs

Online Catalogs Jump From 2,000 to 8,402 in Last Five Years

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 30, 2007 --In the catalog industry, the number of automotive catalogs experienced major growth, jumping from 261 to 553 (118 % growth), in the last five years, according to the 2007 edition of The National Directory of Catalogs ( released today. In addition, religion catalogs grew by 109% from 144 to 301, and education catalogs grew by 52%, from 333 to 506.

"The catalog industry continues to be strong, particularly with the rapid growth of online catalogs," said Deborah Striplin, Editorial Director of The National Directory of Catalogs. "In 2002, there were over 2,000 catalogs with an online presence out of the 9,522 catalogs listed in the directory. In 2007, that number was 8,402 out of a total of 12,136 catalogs."

In 2007, the category with the most listings in The National Directory of Catalogs was Books, with 1,148. Other popular categories were Apparel (796), Automotive (553), Education (506) and Gardening (426).

Over the past five years the three catalog categories showing major decline are: Manufacturing from 474 to 239; Gifts and Greeting Cards from 672 to 345 and Computers from 361 to 236 catalogs.

Printers, paper brokers and other suppliers to the publishing industry use The National Directory of Catalogs, with its up-to-date information on new catalogs and contact information, to find qualified sales leads based on detailed production information. Marketers use it to find prospect lists for both print and online sales, while merchandisers find valuable sales outlets.

The National Directory of Catalogs, published by Oxbridge® Communications, is the largest directory of U.S. and Canadian catalogs with listings for business and consumer catalogs. Catalog listings include address, phone, fax, URL, and email; names of owner, president and production manager; number and frequency of mailings; product line; print specifications, including trim size, page count, type of paper, binding, and color; name and address of printing company; list rental information and name and address of list management company.

Available immediately from Oxbridge Communications (, or by calling 1-800-955-0231, The National Directory of Catalogs 2007 is priced at $895 for the print edition; $1,095 for the Single-User CD and $1795 for both print directory and CD. It is also available online as part of the MediaFinder ( online database service at $1,295 for a year's single-user subscription, $795 for a six-month subscription, and $49.99/month for the Keyword Search Service.

Oxbridge Communications, founded in 1964, has the largest database of U.S. and Canadian periodicals and catalogs. In addition to The National Directory of Catalogs, Oxbridge has a broad range of reference products including: The Standard Periodical Directory, Oxbridge Directory of Newsletters, The National Directory of Magazines and, an online database of more than 70,000 publications, including catalogs.

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