Sunday newspapers saw the biggest circulation declines across the national press last month, new ABC figures for May show.
The Mail on Sunday, Sun on Sunday, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Mirror, Sunday Express, Daily Star Sunday and Sunday People all recorded a double-digit decline year-on-year.
- January 4, 2021
- October 16, 2020
- September 18, 2020
Only the Sunday Times and Observer stayed in single-figure declines.
The year-on-year decline is likely exacerbated by the fact that newspapers printed extra copies for their coverage of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May last year.
The Sun also saw its circulation fall by 12 per cent to 1.3m, but remains the UK’s best-selling national newspaper.
National newsbrand circulations in May 2019 (source: ABC):
|Publisher||Total circulation (May 2019)||Year-on-year % change||Bulks|
|The Sun on Sunday||1,074,046||-16%||68,780|
|The Mail on Sunday||984,582||-11%|
|London Evening Standard (FREE)||857,070||-4%|
|The Sunday Times||704,064||-9%||77,502|
|The Daily Telegraph||330,254||-12%|
|The Sunday Telegraph||260,661||-14%|
|Daily Star – Sunday||184,299||-18%|
|City AM (FREE)||85,893||-1%|
Picture: Reuters/Andrew Winning