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Lads' mags Zoo and FHM to suspend publication

The titles are known for featuring topless women on their front covers.

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FHM AND ZOO are to suspend publication, the magazines’ publisher has said.

Bauer Media called time on the two titles in a statement acknowledging that “men’s media habits have continually moved towards mobile and social”.

The publisher thanked staff at both magazines, as well as “advertisers and retailers who have supported the brands”.

FHM confirmed the news on its website, saying: “It’s been an absolute joy producing the magazine over the years.

“Thank you for all your support, we will keep you updated with developments over the coming weeks.”

A statement posted on Zoo’s site said: “It is with regret we have to inform you of the intention to suspend publication of Zoo.

“We’ve loved every minute of the near 12 years and 600-plus issues we’ve shared with you and would like to thank each and every one of you who’ve been there with us along the way.”

The Guardian reports that the circulation figures of both publications have steeply declined in recent years, with FHM sales dropping by 20% in the first six months of this year and Zoo down 12% over the same period.

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