National press ABCs for August 2016: Daily Star slips back month-on-month after price rise

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The Daily Star remained the biggest circulation riser year on year in August despite increasing its cover price by 10p to 30p.

The Richard Desmond-owned title was up 18.5 per cent year on year to an average daily circulation of 493,729.

However the price rise saw it drop 4.5 per cent month on month, a steeper fall than The Sun (down 0.7 per cent) and the Daily Mirror (down 0.1 per cent).

The other big year-on-year rises were for The Times (up 13 per cent thanks to an increase in free bulk distribution) and the i (up 5.5 per cent, helped by the demise in April of sister title The Independent).

The Daily Star Sunday (which saw its price price rise from 50p to 90p in July) was up 15.5 per cent year on year, but fell back 10 per cent compared with July.

National press ABC circulation figures for August 2016 (source ABC)

Title Avg circulation % change month on month % change year on year Bulks
The Sun 1,722,145 -0.66 -7.7 97,570
Daily Mail 1,538,618 -0.83 -5.41 76,370
The Sun on Sunday 1,476,370 0.31 -4.41 100,933
The Mail on Sunday 1,343,394 -0.91 -6.22 69,336
Metro (free) 1,320,924 -1.86 -0.87
London Evening Standard (free) 858,504 -6.24 0.3
Daily Mirror 772,330 -0.11 -11.43 45,000
The Sunday Times 767,016 -1.05 0.24 73,385
Sunday Mirror 693,144 -0.21 -16.05 45,000
Daily Star 493,729 -4.47 18.46
The Daily Telegraph 462,899 -5.23 -4.22 21,111
The Times 443,361 -1.67 12.96 74,985
Daily Express 412,067 -2.46 -4.26
The Sunday Telegraph 372,272 -1.67 0.42 25,087
Sunday Express 360,435 -3.57 -4.79
Daily Star – Sunday 302,009 -9.96 15.52
i 291,359 -2.05 5.52 68,951
Sunday People 271,157 0.26 -12.53 7,000
Financial Times 189,251 -2.79 -5.83 20,716
Sunday Mail 183,532 2.76 -12.64 3,844
The Observer 181,835 -6.25 -2.84
Daily Record 168,999 1.45 -11.22 4,970
The Guardian 157,317 -5.51 -4.82
Sunday Post 151,462 0.57 -20.61
City AM (free) 91,372 -1.95 -7.74
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