Mag ABCs: news sells - if you're a magazine

While newspapers are taking circulation hits across the board, news magazines appear to be in rude health, according to the official ABC magazine circulation figures for the second half of 2006.

Dennis Publishing’s The Week continues to go from strength to strength and rose 24.6 per cent year-on-year to 134,803.

The New Statesman was another huge winner, rising 21.4 per cent on the back of a radical relaunch under new editor John Kampfner early last year.

Private Eye as ever remains an incredibly strong circulation performer. Despite a stubbornly old fashioned layout, it still shifts 208,579 copies every fortnight (up two per cent year-on-year) with its mix of satire, humour and hard news investigations.

The Economist also had a great second half of 2006, the UK edition rose 7.5 per cent to 170,038.

For more complete magazine ABCs news and analysis see Press Gazette magazine next Friday.


News and Current Affairs magazine ABCs for second half of 2006

Business and finance

The Economist (UK edition) – 170,038, up 7.5 per cent

Business Life – 100,794, up 19.1 per cent

Investors Chronicle – 34,919, down 4.1 per cent

MoneyWeek – 29,485, down 0.5 per cent


Private Eye – 208,979, up two per cent

The Week – 134,803, up 24.6 per cent

Spectator – 72,034, up 5.3 per cent

New Statesman – 30,036, up 21.4 per cent

The Oldie – 24,769, down 3.9 per cent

The Irish Post – 24,603, down 2.3 per cent

Prospect – 22,269, down 10 per cent


Time Magazine (British Isles) – 143,519, up 0.7 per cent


New Scientist – 112,984 (worldwide excluding Australasia and Canada), up 4.9 per cent

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