Irish ABCs: Only 2 titles increase sales in first half 2011

All but two paid-for newspapers in the Republic of Ireland suffered a circulation decline in the first of 2011, figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulation reveal.

All nine of the country’s daily and Sunday titles were down. The Cork Evening Echo suffered the biggest paid-for daily drop, sliding 10.2 per cent to 20,011, followed by Dublin’s Evening Herald with an 8.5 per cent fall to 61,936.

The two best-performing Sunday titles were the Sunday Business Post (down 3.6 per cent to 47,849) and the Sunday Independent (down 3.6 per cent to 255,806). The latter remains Ireland’s biggest-selling newspaper.

Of the 48 daily and weekly newspapers in the country only two increased their circulation: the Roscommon Herald, up 9.3 per cent to 8,640, and the Enniscorthy Guardian, up 5.6 per cent to 7,277.

The worst performing title was the Leinster Leader, which saw its circulation fall 19.8 per cent to 6,809.

This was followed by the Donegal Democrat – Tuesday (down 14.1 per cent to 9,341) and The Nationalist – Tipperary (down 14 per cent to 9,650).

Average circulation of paid-for daily/Sunday Republic titles Jan to Jun 2011 (percentage year-on-year change)

  • Cork – Evening Echo : 20,011 ; -10.2%
  • Donegal on Sunday : 3,548 ; -6.4%
  • Dublin – Evening Herald : 61,936 ; -8.5%
  • Dublin – Irish Independent – Morning : 134,228 ; -7.4%
  • Dublin – Irish Times – Morning : 100,951 ; -4.5%
  • Irish Examiner – Morning : 43,390 ; -7.1%
  • Sunday Business Post : 47,849 ; -3.6%
  • Sunday Independent : 255,806 ; -3.6%
  • Sunday World : 246,875 ; -7.6%

Circulation of paid-for non-daily Republic titles

  • The Anglo Celt : 12,133 ; -2.3%
  • The Argus : 9,307 ; -4.9%
  • Bray People : 3,944 ; -7.1%
  • Carlow People : 3,651 ; -9.0%
  • Connacht Sentinel : 5,138 ; -3.3%
  • Connacht Tribune : 21,043 ; -4.9%
  • The Corkman : 6,911 ; -4.0%
  • Donegal Democrat (Thurs) : 9,451 ; -9.2%
  • Donegal Democrat (Tues) : 6,553 ; -14.1%
  • Donegal News – Friday Edition : 11,288 ; -1.7%
  • Donegal News – Monday Edition : 3,880 ; -2.7%
  • Donegal News Group : 15,168 ; -1.9%
  • Drogheda Independent : 6,852 ; -9.7%
  • Drogheda Independent Group : 19,478 ; -8.2%
  • The Echo : 7,026 ; -7.7%
  • Enniscorthy Guardian : 7,277 ; 5.6%
  • Fingal Independent : 3,319 ; -13.5%
  • Inish Times : 4,872 ; -7.0%
  • The Kerryman : 19,886 ; -3.5%
  • Kilkenny People : 11,594 ; -13.1%
  • Leinster & Offaly Express : 11,339 ; -11.7%
  • Leinster Leader : 6,809 ; -19.8%
  • Leitrim Observer : 6,766 ; -11.1%
  • Limerick Leader (Weekend) : 15,147 ; -13.9%
  • Longford Leader : 7,601 ; -9.2%
  • Meath Chronicle : 11,142 ; -7.2%
  • Munster Express : 6,072 ; -9.9%
  • The Nationalist : 13,171 ; -8.4%
  • The Nationalist – Tipperary : 9,650 ; -14.0%
  • Nenagh Guardian : 6,968 ; -6.1%
  • New Ross Standard : 5,781 ; -1.6%
  • People Newspaper Group : 41,571 ; -3.8%
  • Roscommon Herald : 8,640 ; 9.3%
  • Sligo Champion : 9,572 ; -3.7%
  • Tipperary Star : 7,175 ; -7.5%
  • The Tuam Herald : 8,622 ; -4.9%
  • Westmeath Examiner : 5,770 ; -12.5%
  • Wexford People : 10,868 ; -5.5%
  • Wicklow People : 10,050 ; -5.9%

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