ABCS: Good news for current affairs magazines

British current affairs magazines are showing another period of continued growth, with top sellers The Economist, Private Eye and The Spectator all putting on readers in today’s ABC figures.

Losers in the market, however, are Business Life, which lost 9.7 per cent of readers in the past year, down to 84,663, and Investors Chronicle, down 9.2 per cent to 36,402. Time’s EMEA edition saw a slight sales drop at 0.9%, a decent result for the title, which at its US base has seen falling sales and revenues and staff cuts.

Business & Finance magazines ranked by circulation (average net circulation for six months to Dec, percentage year-on-year change)

The Economist (worldwide sales exc. The Americas): 514,124 – up 4.5%

Fortune (Europe): 106,515 – up 0.5%

Business Life: 84,663 – down 9.7%

Investors Chronicle: 36,402 – down 9.2%

MoneyWeek: 29,640 – up 38%

Money Observer: 24.064 – down 4.5%

News & Current Affairs magazines ranked by circulation (average net circulation for six months to Dec, percentage year-on-year change)

Time (Europe, Middle East and Asia): 550,152 – down 0.9%

Private Eye: 204,847 – up 2%

The Week: 108,207 – up 9.8%

The Spectator: 68,415 – up 3.5%

Prospect: 26,553 – up 14.2%

The Oldie: 25,785 – up 0.7%

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