All UK local weekly newspapers audited by ABC in first half of this year lose sales

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None of the 22 UK paid-for local weekly newspapers audited by ABC in the first half of this year increase sales.

The best performer, in relative terms, was the West Highland Free Press – which fell by just 2.1 per cent year on year to 7,410.

There are more than 370 paid-for weekly newspapers in the UK but most now opt to be audited only once a year. More than 100 have withdrawn from ABC auditing altogether over the last year.

For regional Sundays see daily/Sunday newspaper chart.



Title Avg circulaion Change y/y
Banbridge Chronicle 3,737 -3.80%
Beccles & Bungay Journal 5,133 -4.40%
Boston Target 8,872 -41.60%
Bridgnorth Journal 6,307 -4.30%
Dereham & Fakenham Times 5,639 -5.80%
Dover Express 5,913 -12.00%
East Grinstead Courier.co.uk 4,158 -57.20%
Great Yarmouth Mercury 13,513 -2.20%
Isle of Wight County Press 28,852 -6.70%
Lowestoft Journal 12,679 -4.60%
New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times 18,048 -5.90%
Newport Advertiser 5,935 -6.60%
Newry Reporter 9,437 -4.10%
North Norfolk News 5,963 -3.00%
Rotherham & South Yorkshire Advertiser 23,539 -5.50%
Sleaford Target 3,592 -69.10%
South Shropshire Journal 6,419 -2.20%
The Orcadian 8,348 N/A
Welwyn Hatfield Times 9,466 -16.10%
West Highland Free Press 7,410 -2.10%

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