ABC Irish Newspaper Circulation February 2019

The February ABC is released. The morning market is continuing its trend of a year on year decline of 10% and no sign of any floor being hit or a slowing in this decline. The Tabloids are down 3% on the month bar the Daily Star which managed to hand on to its numbers from last month. in the Sundays, the monthly fall is the same as the daily at -3%. The year is down 9% and you have to take into account that the comparative month last year was, in the latter part, pretty dismal weather wise.

ABC Irish Newspaper Circulation January 2019

The first ABC of 2019 was released earlier. Many of the papers with a monthly ABC saw a bounce in comparison to December, a notoriously slow month in the first place. However, in comparison to their sales the previous January, they are all well off the mark. The Daily Star had a bad month, dropping 1,500 on the month and those sales would seem to have gone to The Sun whose circulation is up 1,700 on the month. The Mail on Sunday gained 2,600 and the Sunday Times also up 3,600 – but both trailing where they were this time […]

ABC Irish Newspaper Circulation December 2018

It’s the final ABC of 2018 and allow as us to access how the last half of the year have fared for the print brands. December is down 2% on the month and 10% on December 2018 with the morning market doing marginally better than the Sunday.  The tabloids had a decent month with most of them opting to exclude their sales from 24th to 28th – which is perfectly legitimate. We have to wait until the 21st of February for the release of the ‘Island of Ireland’ report, but I suspect that the figures will be poor. When the […]

ABC Irish Newspaper Circulation October 2018

October ABC’s were released earlier and there are no real surprises. The morning tabloids took a 3% hit on the month but the Sunday tabloids had a decent month. The Mail on Sunday gained 7% or 4,000 copies on the month. The people also managed to add 7% albeit 500 copies. Beneath all the numbers is the worrying underlying trend of the year on year difference. For the past five monthly sets of figures, the year on year difference has fallen into double digits. Again, it’s not time to sound the claxon and dive under the desks, but, however, it’s […]

ABC Irish Newspaper Circulation September 2018

It’s a pattern that is mirrored nearly year – a boost in August and a drift back to normality in September when the gloss has gone off the first few weeks of the soccer season. The morning market was down -4% this month back from a +4% increase in September. The composition, in this analysis, of the morning market is dominated by the tabloids, the cohort most susceptible to the goings on in the Premier League. The Sundays continued on the downward trajectory back -3% on the month – the Sunday Mirror and People having a bad month. Overall market […]

Irish ABC Circulation August 2018

August brought some much needed good news to the beleaguered newspaper market – a month on month increase in sales and the last time that occurred was August ’17. That’s actually no coincidence as August has always been kind to publishers. This August there was a bevy of large events: the two All Ireland finals took place, whereas they were normally played in September. We had the Papal visit, but I suspect that was more in the arena of the visual media and, more importantly, the ‘foreign game’ returned (a phrase much used in GAA circles pre ’71!). All these […]

ABC Circulation July 2018

July ABC arrived today. A bad month for News UK where all of their titles (bar one) made the ‘top fallers’ list. The Sun on Sunday dropped 1,900, The Sun fell 1,400 and the Sunday Times lost 1,200. Each one of those titles carry and element of ‘bulks’ but their top line figures were not effected through any adjustment of their bulks as they remained the same as last month. However, perhaps they were testing the ‘price elasticity’ of their titles. Both Sun titles increased their cover prices in July. The Sun from €1.00 to €1.10 (+10%) and the Sun on […]

Irish ABC Newspaper Circulation June 2018

June ABC’s the halfway point and the beginning of the Jan-June ‘Island of Ireland figures for the majority of publications audited b the ABC. Thirty-five days from now the rest of the bunch will publish their numbers. The Sun dropped over 1,000 copies month on month with the Daily Star adding 500 copies over the month. The morning market was back 1% or 1,500 over the month. You can see from the chart below the trajectory of the main players in the monthly audit – the Mail and the Mirror are close to converging and The Sun seems to be […]

Irish Newspaper Circulation May 2018

The May ABC indicates that it wasn’t the best month for the tabloids with an accumulated drop of nearly 5,000 copies – the Daily Star taking the brunt of that fall dropping 2,200 over the month. The Sun fell by 1,700 and the Mirror lost a paltry 900 copies in relative terms. The Irish Daily Mail lost 2,000 month on month (or 6%) however its sister paper, the Mail on Sunday, added 700 copies over the month and sans bulks it should be noted. Market down 1% on the month and 9% year on year. June figures are out next […]

Irish Newspaper Circulation April 2018

April brought the tail end of the Easter Holidays which is sometimes a disruptive period for newspapers. However, it does not seem to have had an adverse effect on sales of The Sun which is showing a 3% increase month on month. Conversely, the Daily Star had a bad month dropping 2,300 copies or 5% on the month. This is marginally eclipsed by the fall in sales of the Sunday Times, which dropped 4,000 copies or 5% in April. Unaccustomed as I am to idle speculation I will posit the following: I don’t think that it’s any coincidence that a […]

ABC Irish Newspaper Circulation March 2018

Very little by way of change this month. The month was kind to the tabloids, particularly the Daily Star which saw its numbers increase by 2,000 on the month. It just shows you the attraction that the sport of kings has on its core readership – it’s no coincidence that a decent month for the paper coincides with the Cheltenham Festival. Having said that, maybe the steam is running out on that guaranteed circulation lift in March (which I’ll attribute to Cheltenham). This year the combined increase for the tabloids of March over February was 2,300 copies. In 2017 it […]

ABC Irish Newspaper Circulation February 2018

The weather at the latter part of February possibly had a small adverse effect on a few of the numbers for February 2018. While the papers published (there are no exceptions in the certs) it’s impossible to know how many retail outlets the managed to get to. Interestingly the Sun and The Times were big faller’s month on month (-1770 and -2770 respectively) along with the Sunday Mirror (-2870). Conversely the Sundays had a decent month with the Sunday Times adding 1,800 and that includes a small reduction in their bulks standing at 5,700 last month. Sunday market steady month […]

ABC Circulation January 2018

The first audit of 2018 appeared earlier. Oddly there were a few surprises in a fairly predictable market. Month on month the Sunday Mirror managed to add 3,000 copies to its tally and the Sunday Times managed a 1,600 increase without any trickery in the bulks department. The Sun added 1,400 on the month and again maintaining the same bulk level as last month. Conversely, the Mail on Sunday ‘dropped’ 5,200 on December. This doesn’t seem to be fright and flight by the buying public but perhaps more a ‘road to Damascus’ moment for dmg Media. This month shows a […]

ABC Newspaper Circulation December 2017

December is never a flattering month for print titles with punters getting into the yuletide spirit and having just a weather eye on the papers.  Although I did note on one of the certs that the online version of The Sun recorded 4.1m visitors to the site on Christmas Day, so perhaps is just migration. One shining light this month was The Sun which was up 1,000 on the month and without any manoeuvring in the background with bulks. The Star was down 800 copies and the Mirror stayed static. Surprisingly, and I say that for a paper that makes […]

ABC Newspaper Circulation November 2017

The penultimate ABC for 2017 has been released. Forecasting the outturn for the year as the exclusion of one month won’t make a huge difference at this point it looks as if the market will, again, decline between 7%/8% year on year. The titles examined here are a decent bellwether for the market as a whole, so when the full numbers are released in February for 2017 don’t be aghast at a 7% drop. In the mornings The Sun and The Irish Daily Mail show the biggest declines month on month at 3%. However, it’s more tinkering with their multiple […]

ABC Newspaper Circulation December 2017

December is never a flattering month for print titles with punters getting into the yuletide spirit and having just a weather eye on the papers.  Although I did note on one of the certs that the online version of The Sun recorded 4.1m visitors to the site on Christmas Day, so perhaps is just migration. One shining light this month was The Sun which was up 1,000 on the month and without any manoeuvring in the background with bulks. The Star was down 800 copies and the Mirror stayed static. Surprisingly, and I say that for a paper that makes […]

ABC Newspaper Circulation October2017

  October ABC’s are off the presses and show a fairly sharp drop of 1900 copies of the Daily Star over the month. The other tabloids managed to keep the drop to three figures over September. Taken together the tabloids are down 3,000 or 2% on the month. Again, we can ignore the (incredible) year on year figure for The Times given their new found interest in bulks. Month on month the morning market was down 5,000 or 3% and as you can see for the graphic, going on past experience, things don’t get better as the year draws to […]

ABC Newspaper Circulation September 2017

The lift seen last month, on the back of the Premier League, dissipated this month – which is a feature of the August/September dynamic. The tabloids lost to various degrees the Daily Star falling the most at 1,700 from their August figure. The Times (the Ireland edition) is some respects still flatters to deceive. Their certified figure of over 10,000 is aided and abetted in this month’s cert by no fewer than 6,000 in multiple copy sales or bulks. This multiple copies policy started this year in June and has continued since. But this ‘sampling exercise’ looks like it’s paying […]

ABC Newspaper Circulation August 2017

Nothing gives a shot to the arm to a tabloid than the start of the Premier League. Historically the effects are short lived, but a welcome respite to publishers. August saw the beginning of the soccer season across the water and the tabloids got a collective lift of 4% on July but were still down 3% year on year. The Daily Star marginally saw the biggest lift close to a 2,400 increase. In comparison the Daily Mirror only saw an increase of 362 copies. Turning to the Sunday papers: The Sun on Sunday had a good lift of nearly 2,500 […]