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Still, the Times Co. was able to report flat ad revenue only by including ad sales from the About Group, standalone websites the company acquired in 2005. The News Media Group, which includes the newspapers and its websites, saw ad revenue decline 2.3 percent.

And an uneven performance across the company’s newspapers suggests that the digital tide might not lift every boat.

Overall ad revenue at the flagship newspaper, the International Herald Tribune and their websites climbed 1 percent. But ad revenue at the New England Media Group, which includes the Globe and the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Mass., dropped 9 percent. The Regional Media Group, consisting of 14 smaller dailies, saw ad revenue fall 7 percent.

Results from newspaper companies with a bigger footprint in local markets show online ad sales haven’t completely offset print declines either.

Gannett Co., publisher of USA Today and more than 80 other daily newspapers, reported last week that cost cutting helped boost earnings. But a 5.7 percent ad decline in its publishing division resulted in an overall revenue drop of 1.6 percent.

The same was true at Lee Enterprises Inc., publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other newspapers. Overall revenue slipped 3.6 percent, while cost-cutting helped produce a $10 million profit.

The Times Co. sounded a few cautious notes about how third-quarter results are likely to shape up.

Robinson said the company expects an uptick in expenses from the same quarter last year, in part because of spending on new technology for charging readers of, as the company plans to do early next year.

The company also expects a small decline in circulation revenue after a 3.2 percent increase in the second quarter. That’s because it imposed price increases last summer, so it won’t see any change in the third quarter from the year before.