ABCs: Every Irish national daily loses circulation

Newspaper circulation decline in Britain is being mirrored in the Republic of Ireland, according to today’s Irish ABC report.

Every daily national in the Republic suffered a circulation decline in the second half of 2008.

Irish editions of British titles, such as The Sun and Daily Mail, are not included in the report.

The Irish Independent – part of Independent News and Media – remains the best-selling Irish daily paper, but fell 3.9 per cent year on year to 154,610, with 126,931 copies at full rate.

The Irish Times – run by the Irish Times Trust – fell three per cent to 115,462, with 102,462 at full rate.

Dublin’s Evening Herald, also in the Independent stable, was the country’s third most popular paper, but fell 8.7 per cent to 74,927, with 62,754 at full rate.

The Irish Examiner, a national title based in Cork, fell 6.1 per cent to 52,544, almost all at full rate.

In the Sunday market, the Sunday Business Post – which calls itself Ireland’s “political, economic and financial newspaper” – enjoyed a circulation boost, mirroring the Financial Times‘s success in the UK.

The Business Post’s circulation rose 2.1 per cent to 54,993, almost all at full rate.

Elsewhere, the tabloid Sunday World, another Independent title, remained the country’s most popular title with a 285,214 circulation – a 0.5 per cent increase.

The Sunday Independent, in the same stable, fell 4.3 per cent to 270,362, with 244,822 at full rate.

In Northern Ireland, included in the report, the Belfast Telegraph fell 8.1 per cent year on year to 69,457.

The Irish News grew 0.1 per cent to 47,819.

ABC circulation for Republic of Ireland daily and Sunday titles, July to December 2008

Cork – Evening Echo – 24,522 (down 5.3%)
Donegal on Sunday – 3,894 (N/A)
Dublin – Evening Herald – 74,927 (down 8.7%)
Dublin – Irish Independent – Morning (Series) – 154,610 (down 3.9%)
Dublin – Irish Times – Morning (Series) – 115,462 (down 3.0%)
Irish Examiner – Morning – 52,544 (down 6.1%)

Sunday Business Post – 54,993 (up 2.1%)
Sunday Independent – 270,362 (down 4.3%)
Sunday Tribune – 66,672 (down 4.8%)
Sunday World (Series) – 285,214 (up 0.5%)
Weekend Herald – 44,014 (down 10.4%)

Northern Ireland daily and Sunday titles

Belfast Telegraph – 69,457 (down 8.1%)
Irish News – 47,819 (up 0.1%)
Sunday Journal – 2,615 (N/A)
Sunday Life – 63,528 (down 6%)
Ulster News Letter – 25,253 (down 4.6%)

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