ABCs: UK local weekly newspapers lose print sales by average of 11.2 per cent

Local weekly newspapers in the UK lost print circulation by an average of 11.2 per cent year on year in the second half of 2016.

The grim performance was marginally better than regional dailies, which fell by an average of 12.5 per cent in the same period according to ABC.

All but a handful of the 228 weekly newspapers audited by ABC lost sales year on year.

The figures suggest quickening in the pace of print decline in recent years possibly fuelled by cover price rises, editorial cutbacks and readership moving to online.

Belfast’s Sunday Life was the top selling weekly title, with an average of 36,467 per week (down 9 per cent year on year). The Isle of Wight County Press was the next biggest seller with an average weekly sale of 25,173  (down 6.1 per cent year on year).

In most cases print decline is offset by website growth.

However pressure on advertising means most UK regional newspapers are currently seeing declining overall revenue.

Product Owner Total YoY% % paid for
Sunday Life Independent News & Media (NI) 36,467 -9 98.8
Isle of Wight County Press Isle of Wight County Press Ltd. 25,173 -6.1 100
Newcastle Sunday Sun Trinity Mirror plc 23,486 100
Kent Messenger Kent Messenger Ltd 23,400 -12 100
Barnsley Chronicle The Barnsley Chronicle Ltd 23,258 -10.5 100
Sunday Herald Newsquest Media Group 21,071 -15.7 100
Rotherham & South Yorkshire Advertiser Regional Media Ltd 20,101 -4 94.9
Hereford Times Newsquest Media Group 19,747 -7.8 100
West Briton Trinity Mirror plc 18,816 -12.1 100
Cumberland News CN Group 18,081 -9 100
Westmorland Gazette Newsquest Media Group 17,724 -11.6 100
Liverpool Sunday Echo Trinity Mirror plc 17,100 95.2
Surrey Advertiser Trinity Mirror plc 16,883 -11.8 100
Essex Chronicle Trinity Mirror plc 16,689 -11.8 98.8
Torquay – Herald Express Trinity Mirror plc 16,411 -15.1 100
Sunday Mercury Trinity Mirror plc 16,234 100
Scotland on Sunday Johnston Press plc 16,209 -26.5 99.2
Kent and Sussex Courier Trinity Mirror plc 15,806 -15.4 98.7
North Devon Journal Trinity Mirror plc 15,761 -15 100
New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times Advertiser and Times Ltd 15,590 100
Darlington & Stockton Times Newsquest Media Group 15,538 -10.4 100
Western Gazette Trinity Mirror plc 15,111 -13.8 100
Scunthorpe Telegraph Trinity Mirror plc 14,456 -10.3 99.1
Cornish Guardian Trinity Mirror plc 14,286 -15.8 100
Warrington Guardian Newsquest Media Group 14,278 -6.9 99.9
Ayrshire Post Trinity Mirror plc 14,207 -10.3 100
Lincolnshire Echo Trinity Mirror plc 14,150 -10.8 99.6
Salisbury Journal Newsquest Media Group 13,858 -8.5 100
Goole Times (Incorporating Selby Times) Chronicle Publications Ltd 13,750 -5.7 100
Cumberland & Westmorland Herald Cumberland & Westmorland Herald News 12,930 -6.5 99.9
Somerset County Gazette Newsquest Media Group 12,317 -11.9 100
Exeter – Express & Echo (Thursday) Trinity Mirror plc 12,268 100
Bucks Free Press Newsquest Media Group 11,625 -10.1 82.6
Wales on Sunday Trinity Mirror plc 11,608 100
Gazette & Herald Newsquest Media Group 11,533 -13.9 100
Tamworth Herald Trinity Mirror plc 11,333 -19.4 100
Great Yarmouth Mercury Archant Ltd 11,305 -6.7 100
Romford Recorder Archant Ltd 11,145 3.5 76.2
Hexham Courant CN Group 11,111 -6.3 100
Western Telegraph Newsquest Media Group 11,089 -10 100
Hertfordshire Mercury Trinity Mirror plc 10,945 100
Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury Archant Ltd 10,809 -14.1 100
Impartial Reporter Newsquest Media Group 10,762 -6 100
Oban Times Oban Times Ltd 10,634 -8.4 100
Essex County Standard Newsquest Media Group 10,549 -9.5 100
Clacton Gazette Newsquest Media Group 10,506 -10.8 100
Cornishman Trinity Mirror plc 10,257 -12.7 100
Fermanagh Herald The North-West of Ireland Printing & Publishing Co Ltd 10,254 -5.3 100
East Lothian Courier Newsquest Media Group 10,229 -0.4 100
Dunfermline Press & West of Fife Advertiser Newsquest Media Group 10,156 -9.6 100
The Watford Observer Newsquest Media Group 9,971 -12.1 91.1
West Cumberland Times & Star CN Group 9,875 -10.5 100
Carmarthen Journal Trinity Mirror plc 9,759 -13.1 100
Hamilton Advertiser Trinity Mirror plc 9,621 -12.6 100
Lowestoft Journal Archant Ltd 9,559 -12.3 100
Bath Chronicle Trinity Mirror plc 9,435 -16.3 100
Bury Times Newsquest Media Group 9,428 -9.6 100
Dumfries & Galloway Standard (Fri) Trinity Mirror plc 9,407 -7.3 100
Craven Herald & Pioneer Newsquest Media Group 9,377 -6.7 100
Guardian (Northwich, Winsford & Middlewich) Newsquest Media Group 9,083 -8 100
Loughborough Echo Trinity Mirror plc 9,018 -17.9 100
Henley and South Oxfordshire Standard Higgs & Co (Printers) Ltd 8,998 -0.2 86.7
Northern Scot Scottish Provincial Press 8,948 -13.9 100
Brentwood Gazette Trinity Mirror plc 8,916 -14.8 66.5
Kentish Express Kent Messenger Ltd 8,856 -10.4 100
Rochdale Observer (Sat) Trinity Mirror plc 8,848 -14.1 100
Malvern Gazette Newsquest Media Group 8,839 -9.7 100
Inverness Courier (Fri) Scottish Provincial Press 8,603 -12 100
Welwyn Hatfield Times Archant Ltd 8,589 7.5 81.6
Staffordshire Newsletter Trinity Mirror plc 8,461 -12.1 100
Kilmarnock Standard (Ayrshire Weekly News and Irvine Valley News) Trinity Mirror plc 8,459 -12.1 100
Leek Post & Times Trinity Mirror plc 8,448 -8.3 100
Whitehaven News CN Group 8,361 -11.2 100
Chester Chronicle Trinity Mirror plc 8,334 -14.9 100
Gloucestershire Gazette Newsquest Media Group 8,094 -9.4 100
Hinckley Times Trinity Mirror plc 8,093 -12.5 100
Basingstoke Gazette Newsquest Media Group 8,054 -10.7 100
Surrey Mirror Trinity Mirror plc 8,042 -10.4 100
The Oxford Times Newsquest Media Group 8,039 -13.8 100
Boston Target Trinity Mirror plc 7,981 -5.6 98.8
Hampshire Chronicle Newsquest Media Group 7,973 -8 100
Crewe Chronicle Trinity Mirror plc 7,830 -12.8 100
Isle of Thanet Gazette Trinity Mirror plc 7,810 -14.1 100
Llanelli Star Trinity Mirror plc 7,747 -15.5 100
Black Country Bugle Trinity Mirror plc 7,713 -11.6 100
East Kent Mercury Kent Messenger Ltd 7,701 -11.4 100
Wiltshire Times Newsquest Media Group 7,688 -10.7 99.4
Yorkshire – Gazette & Herald Newsquest Media Group 7,628 -5.8 100
Andover Advertiser Newsquest Media Group 7,602 -8.5 100
Stroud News & Journal Newsquest Media Group 7,555 -6.1 100
Braintree & Witham Times Newsquest Media Group 7,494 -10.3 100
Keighley News Newsquest Media Group 7,320 -10.4 100
Reading Chronicle Newsquest Media Group 7,217 -7.7 83.5
Kentish Gazette Kent Messenger Ltd 7,113 -11 100
Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser Trinity Mirror plc 7,086 -13.5 100
Macclesfield Express Trinity Mirror plc 7,063 -9.9 100
Bridgwater Mercury Newsquest Media Group 6,988 -13 100
Croydon Advertiser Trinity Mirror plc 6,964 -11.3 100
The Mid Devon Gazette Trinity Mirror plc 6,943 -9.4 100
Herts & Essex Observer Trinity Mirror plc 6,909 -16.3 99.8
Perthshire Advertiser (Fri) Trinity Mirror plc 6,853 -10.1 100
Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Newsquest Media Group 6,805 -9.5 100
Wilts & Glos Standard Newsquest Media Group 6,799 -8.6 100
Sevenoaks Chronicle Trinity Mirror plc 6,760 -10.3 100
The Herald Newsquest Media Group 6,487 -13.6 100
Rossendale Free Press Trinity Mirror plc 6,425 -10.8 100
The West Lothian Courier Trinity Mirror plc 6,410 -13 100
North Wales Weekly News Trinity Mirror plc 6,408 -18 100
Stockport Express Trinity Mirror plc 6,378 -14 100
Accrington Observer Trinity Mirror plc 6,178 -10.1 100
Mid Somerset Journal Trinity Mirror plc 6,109 -7.2 100
West Highland Free Press West Highland Publishing Company Ltd 6,063 100
Inverness Courier (Tue) Scottish Provincial Press 5,960 -14.3 100
Bridport News Newsquest Media Group 5,924 -8.7 100
Mid Somerset Gazette Trinity Mirror plc 5,914 -11 100
Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser Trinity Mirror plc 5,907 -13.5 100
Stranraer & Wigtownshire Free Press Stranraer & Wigtownshire Free Press 5,696 -5.1 100
Glamorgan Gazette Trinity Mirror plc 5,637 -22.4 100
Lennox Herald Trinity Mirror plc 5,633 -11.7 100
Retford Times Trinity Mirror plc 5,562 -9.3 100
Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News Trinity Mirror plc 5,523 -17.8 100
Dumfries & Galloway Standard (Wed) Trinity Mirror plc 5,514 -6.6 100
Exeter – Express & Echo (Monday) Trinity Mirror plc 5,501 100
South Shropshire Journal The Midland News Association 5,499 100
Exmouth Journal Archant Ltd 5,461 -16.6 100
Aldershot News & Mail Trinity Mirror plc 5,457 -17.4 100
Maldon & Burnham Standard Newsquest Media Group 5,415 -9.6 100
John O’Groat Journal Scottish Provincial Press 5,397 -5.9 100
The Galloway News Trinity Mirror plc 5,252 -6.8 100
Bridgnorth Journal The Midland News Association 5,250 100
Stirling Observer (Wed) Trinity Mirror plc 5,194 -5.4 100
Campbeltown Courier & Argyllshire Advertiser Oban Times Ltd 5,166 -6.7 100
Ilford Recorder Archant Ltd 5,130 25.2 52.6
East Kilbride News Trinity Mirror plc 5,067 -11.8 100
Sheerness Times Guardian Kent Messenger Ltd 5,061 -7.6 100
Romsey Advertiser Newsquest Media Group 5,054 -7.8 100
Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser Newsquest Media Group 5,035 -13.9 100
Falmouth & Helston Packet Newsquest Media Group 5,033 -11.1 100
Rochdale Observer (Wed) Trinity Mirror plc 5,016 -15.5 100
Sidmouth Herald Archant Ltd 4,984 -12.3 100
Newport Advertiser The Midland News Association 4,970 100
Wishaw Press Trinity Mirror plc 4,942 -1.4 100
Caernarfon & Denbigh Herald Trinity Mirror plc 4,863 -24.7 100
North Norfolk News Archant Ltd 4,832 -10.8 100
Harwich & Manningtree Standard Newsquest Media Group 4,765 -7.7 100
Tivy-Side Advertiser Newsquest Media Group 4,756 -9.4 100
Witney Gazette Newsquest Media Group 4,736 -10.3 100
Ross-shire Journal Scottish Provincial Press 4,731 -11.9 100
Dover Express Trinity Mirror plc 4,706 -12.7 100
Bucks Advertiser & Examiner Trinity Mirror plc 4,616 -24.1 100
Annandale Observer Dumfriesshire Newspapers Group 4,595 -4.2 100
Knutsford Guardian Newsquest Media Group 4,444 23.3 100
Dereham & Fakenham Times Archant Ltd 4,440 -11.2 100
Somerset Guardian Trinity Mirror plc 4,419 -11.6 100
Sittingbourne News Extra Kent Messenger Ltd 4,310 -7 100
Barking & Dagenham Post Archant Ltd 4,271 -17.2 85.9
Medway Messenger (Monday) Kent Messenger Ltd 4,197 -14.1 100
Clydebank Post Newsquest Media Group 4,173 -9.9 100
South Wales Guardian Newsquest Media Group 4,157 -8.3 100
Birmingham Post Trinity Mirror plc 4,132 -38.1 76.8
Holyhead and Bangor Mail Trinity Mirror plc 4,130 -18.7 100
Southport Visiter Trinity Mirror plc 4,106 -23.7 100
East Lindsey Target Trinity Mirror plc 4,083 -15.9 100
Epping Forest Guardian Newsquest Media Group 4,073 -9.5 74.2
Caithness Courier Scottish Provincial Press 4,062 -6.9 100
Beccles & Bungay Journal Archant Ltd 4,060 -7.3 100
Ashbourne News Telegraph Trinity Mirror plc 4,020 -10.1 100
Cumnock Chronicle Newsquest Media Group 3,948 -11.2 100
Frome Standard Trinity Mirror plc 3,915 -10.9 100
Slough Eton & Windsor Observer Newsquest Media Group 3,880 -14.9 78
Highland News Scottish Provincial Press 3,870 -21.3 100
Gravesend & Dartford Messenger Kent Messenger Ltd 3,725 -12.8 100
Helensburgh Advertiser Newsquest Media Group 3,717 -8.4 100
Irvine Herald and Kilwinning Chronicle Trinity Mirror plc 3,657 -15.7 100
Chard & Ilminster News Newsquest Media Group 3,644 -11.7 100
Merthyr Express Trinity Mirror plc 3,607 -30.1 100
Free Press Monmouthshire & Pontypool Newsquest Media Group 3,466 -14.7 100
Central Fife Times & Advertiser Newsquest Media Group 3,454 -8.5 100
Halstead Gazette Newsquest Media Group 3,386 -8.3 100
Peeblesshire News Newsquest Media Group 3,345 -7 100
East Grinstead Courier Trinity Mirror plc 3,339 -19.9 100
Largs & Millport Weekly News Newsquest Media Group 3,339 -10.7 100
Penarth Times Newsquest Media Group 3,313 -11.4 100
Sleaford Target Trinity Mirror plc 3,309 -5.9 100
Paisley & Renfrewshire Gazette Newsquest Media Group 3,247 -11.7 97.5
Barry & District News Newsquest Media Group 3,229 -10.3 100
Ilkley Gazette Newsquest Media Group 3,204 -8.8 100
Perthshire Advertiser (Tue) Trinity Mirror plc 3,203 -11.8 100
Ludlow Advertiser Newsquest Media Group 3,166 -3.7 100
Strathspey & Badenoch Herald Scottish Provincial Press 3,166 -10.7 100
Annandale Herald and Moffat News Dumfriesshire Newspapers Group 3,125 -5.6 100
Bracknell News Newsquest Media Group 3,027 -15.1 78.5
Waltham Forest Guardian Newsquest Media Group 2,921 -20.1 98.2
Border Telegraph Newsquest Media Group 2,777 -9.5 100
Bicester Advertiser Newsquest Media Group 2,770 -10.4 100
Northern Times Scottish Provincial Press 2,767 -12.4 100
Arran Banner Oban Times Ltd 2,759 -4.8 100
Wharfedale & Aireborough Observer Newsquest Media Group 2,745 -3.9 100
Uttoxeter Advertiser Trinity Mirror plc 2,701 -12 100
Banffshire Journal Scottish Provincial Press 2,658 -17.7 100
Rhondda Leader Trinity Mirror plc 2,625 -24.7 100
Middleton & North Manchester Guardian Trinity Mirror plc 2,583 -18 100
Ormskirk Advertiser Trinity Mirror plc 2,357 -23.7 100
Stirling Observer (Fri) Trinity Mirror plc 2,305 -3.7 100
Rutherglen Reformer Trinity Mirror plc 2,290 -2.1 100
Ayr Advertiser Newsquest Media Group 2,273 -12.2 100
The Banffshire Advertiser Scottish Provincial Press 2,226 -10.1 100
Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News Newsquest Media Group 2,205 -3.2 100
North Star Scottish Provincial Press 2,191 -16.6 100
Irvine Times Newsquest Media Group 2,073 -10.8 100
The Huntly Express Scottish Provincial Press 2,036 -3.6 100
Pontypridd & Llantrisant Observer Trinity Mirror plc 2,024 -28.6 100
Forres Gazette Scottish Provincial Press 1,999 -12.7 100
Heywood Advertiser Trinity Mirror plc 1,981 -20.8 100
Cynon Valley Leader Trinity Mirror plc 1,975 -24.6 100
Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter Newsquest Media Group 1,928 -8.2 100
Faversham News Kent Messenger Ltd 1,893 -7.4 100
Milford Mercury Newsquest Media Group 1,814 -6.5 100
Hackney Gazette Archant Ltd 1,778 -17.2 91.8
Herne Bay Gazette Kent Messenger Ltd 1,763 -9.9 100
Gwent Gazette Trinity Mirror plc 1,646 -28.8 100
Folkestone & Hythe Express Kent Messenger Ltd 1,560 -6.8 100
The Banffshire Herald Scottish Provincial Press 1,473 -4.4 100
Strathearn Herald Trinity Mirror plc 1,378 -5.2 100
Blairgowrie Advertiser Trinity Mirror plc 1,361 -6.8 100
Prestwich and Whitefield Guide Newsquest Media Group 1,347 -10.1 100
Ellesmere Port Pioneer Trinity Mirror plc 1,143 -29.1 100
Ham & High Broadway Archant Ltd 595 -17.2 99.3
Comments

2 thoughts on “ABCs: UK local weekly newspapers lose print sales by average of 11.2 per cent”

  1. HILARIOUS and VERY SAD at the same time ….
    Just shows what happens when bean counters and vampire corporations suck the life out of an industry.
    #ChangeIsComing
    #PhoenixFromTheFlames

  2. The continuing enormous sales gap between Thursday and Monday editions of the Exeter Express & Echo is baffling. Maybe some readers find one issue per week suffices, or just buy it for day-specific content such as job/property advertisements or the TV guide. Even if so, it is their loss: each issue still contains plenty of other worthwhile material, and it is only 50p on Mondays.

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