Report Predicts Rough Ride Ahead for Ad Biz

The advertising business in the U.S., for the first time ever, will fall for three years straight, if a forecast released Monday is correct.

According to the Jack Myers Media Business Report, media revenue generated through advertising declined 4.2 percent last year and will decline another 12 percent this year, then as much as 7 percent in 2010.

The figures are based on an overview of industry analysis, the latest data on fourth-quarter and first-quarter spending, GDP figures and a study of the top 100 advertisers conducted by Goldman Sachs.

Media company advertising domestically peaked at $234.7 billion in 2007, growing 3.6 percent over the year before. In 2010, it is projected to decline to $187.7 billion.

Leading categories on the downside are newspapers, local and regional spot cable TV and terrestrial radio.

Advertising categories that are still showing growth include video games, cinemas, satellite radio and most sectors of online ads, in particular video and social networks.