Regional ABCs: Weeklies down overall but 64 put on sales

Total circulation of the UK’s 420-odd paid-for weekly newspapers has declined fractionally year-on-year by 1.11 per cent.

Figures from ABC for the first six months of this year reveal that 63 titles put on sales year-on-year.

Among the top performers in terms of year-on-year growth were the Derry News – up 31 per cent to 6,406, the Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express up 27.9 per cent to 6,444 and the Tyrone Herald, up 17.1 per cent to 7,517.

Over the last decade weekly newspapers have been the most resilient section of the regional press and this time again they have far out-performed the evening market.

The top twenty fastest growing UK weekly newspapers –

(source ABC)

Derry News – Monday

6,406, up 31.0%

Hemsworth & South Elmsall Express

6,444, up 27.9%

Derry News – Thursday

7,517, up 17.1%

Tyrone Herald

6,334, up 16.1%

East Lothian News Series

4,454, up 13.2%

Hornsey Journal Series

6,046, up 9.5%

Epworth Bells

3,133, up 5.4%

Long Eaton Advertiser Series

5,704, up 5.0%

Midlothian Advertiser

7,297, up 4.6%

Pocklington Post

4,493, up 4.3%

Foyle News

2,742, up 4.1%

Holderness Gazette

4,730, up 3.6%

Exmouth Journal Series

8,273, up 3.5%

Wiltshire Times Series

19,934, up 3.5%

Penarth Times

6,223, up 3.4%

Garstang Courier

5,136, up 3.0%

Strathearn Herald

3,055, up 2.7%

Bicester Advertiser

5,896, up 2.6%

Fermanagh Herald

13,335, up 2.3%

Knaresborough Post

3,730, up 2.2%

Sidmouth Herald Series

7,283, up 2.1%

Central Fife Times & Advertiser

6,861, up 2.1%

Manx Independent

12,876, up 2.0%

Littlehampton Gazette

10,040, up 1.9%

The Ellon Times & East Gordon Advertiser

2,257, up 1.9%

Whitstable Times Series

5,334, up 1.8%

Denbighshire Free Press Series

7,246, up 1.8%

Skegness Standard Series

10,859, up 1.7%

Ilkley Gazette (Incorp. The Ilkley Free Press)

5,857, up 1.6%

Moffat News

1,176, up 1.6%

South Shropshire Journal Series

8,689, up 1.5%

Top fifty weeklies, ranked by total circulation (source ABC)

Kent Messenger Series 53,619

Mansfield Chad Series 47,212

Barnsley Chronicle 44,419

West Briton Series 41,872

Derbyshire Times Series 41,174

Hereford Times 40,484

Isle of Wight County Press 39,174

Essex Chronicle Series 37,664

Western Gazette Series 36,450

Chichester Observer Series 36,352

Warrington Guardian 36,091

Cumberland News Series 35,307

Doncaster Free Press 35,276

Rotherham & South Yorkshire Advertiser 34,912

Wakefield Express Series 34,205

Cornish Guardian Series 33,851

Kent and Sussex Courier Series 33,809

Surrey Advertiser Series 31,448

Westmorland Gazette 31,440

North Devon Journal Series 30,944

Falkirk Herald 30,548

Lynn News (Fri) Series 29,353

Bury Free Press Series 28,512

Darlington & Stockton Times Series 28,277

Hertfordshire Mercury Series 28,067

Chester Chronicle Series 27,959

Ayrshire Post Series 27,762

Wiltshire Gazette & Herald Series 27,275

Romford Recorder Series 27,222

The Kerryman Series 26,093

Western Telegraph Series 26,017

Tamworth Herald Series 25,430

Bucks Free Press Series 25,370

Oxford Times 25,178

The Sheffield Telegraph 25,112

Eastbourne Herald 24,933

Connacht Tribune 24,847

Pontefract & Castleford Express 24,709

Maidenhead Advertiser Series 24,522

Newbury Weekly News 23,780

Rochdale Observer (Sat) 23,597

Hamilton Advertiser Series 23,520

Bury Times Friday Series 23,122

Kentish Express Series 23,116

South London Press (Fri) 22,582

Glamorgan Gazette Series 22,388

Loughborough Echo Series 22,336

Limerick Leader (Weekend) Series 22,160

West Sussex County Times Series 22,147

Dunfermline Press & West of Fife Advertiser 21,852

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