WASHINGTON-- The Army and Air Force Exchange Service said Tuesday it is permanently removing 891 magazines from its stock, including The Saturday Evening Post, the Home Buyers Guide and Playboy.

AAFES officials said the shelf space will be given to products like electronics, whose demand is increasing.

'According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, digital magazines continue to expand their presence in the industry,' Army Lt. Col. Antwan C. Williams, AAFES public affairs chief, said in a statement. 'Like their civilian counterparts, exchange shoppers' increased reliance on digital devices to access content virtually has resulted in a sustained decrease in demand for printed magazines.'

Among the 891 magazines that AAFES exchanges no longer will sell are some adult titles, including Playboy, Penthouse, American Curves and Tattoo.

Along with other magazine sales, sales of adult sophisticate titles at AAFES stores have declined 86 percent since 1998, officials said.

'The decision to no longer stock the material is a business decision driven by the time, money and energy required to facilitate buying habits, combined with decreasing demand,' Williams said.

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