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Congratulations to The Economist, which has reached a worldwide weekly sale of more than a half a million copies for the first time. Its Audit Bureau of Circulations figure for the first half of this year was 502,662, of which only 97,489 are sold in Britain. North America is the largest circulation area, at 220,659, with Europe (excluding Britain) next at 110,724. There are 51,203 copies sold in the Asia Pacific region and 22,587 in the rest of the world.