Men's and automotive titles remained a weakness and the B2B public sector magazines and event business had been hit by a recruitment freeze at the NHS.
Revenues at the B2B and TV divisions will be up 11%, while radio's anticipated growth of 41% masks the acquisition of Scottish Radio Holdings.
If Emap had owned the company for the whole of the comparable period last year, radio revenues would be up 5%, which would still outperform a market that is slightly down.
Following the sale of Emap France for approximately £380m, Emap will return £285m in cash to shareholders. The sale is expected to contributed about £118m in revenue and £12m in normalised operating profit in the six-month period.
Emap will announce its interim results on 14 November.