WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Post is eliminating its standalone Business section.

Business coverage will be folded into the “A” front section.

The Post is also eliminating daily stock listings. It will instead offer a half-page of statistics and graphics that will focus on prices of major and local stocks and other economic data.

Many newspapers have been eliminating standalone business sections to cut production costs amid plunging advertising revenue.

Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli says the change also reflects “the increasing overlap of political and economic events.”

The changes begin March 30.

Last month, the Post ended publication of its standalone book-review section in its Sunday newspaper.

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