November 2014 Irish Newspaper ABC Circulation

One audit left for 2014 which will be issued early January. But it’s really all over bar the shouting at this stage. The tabloids took a beating again this month with only one notable good news story coming from New UK during the week regarding their digital offerings. The one number that caught my eye was the Daily Star (56,700)and its relentless race to the bottom (numerically). Now back into second place again behind The

October 2014 Irish Newspaper ABC Circulation

The euphoria of the English premier league was short lived with the tabloids actually below where they were before the kick of a ball. Both The sun and The Star are at 58,000 and the Mirror at 46,000. In total the tabloids are down 6,600 month on month and nearly 17,000 on the year. The morning market now stands at 221,000 which is down 21,000 year on year. In the Sundays there were a few

September 2014 Irish Newspaper ABC Circulation

As predicted, the tabloids slipped back after the euphoria of the start of the premiership abated in September. All the tabloids lost their August lustre and now it’s simply a slow decline to the “C” word on the 25th of December. The Star and Sun are now perilously close to the slipping into the 50’s. Both papers tested those waters briefly earlier in the year only to be saved by the kick of a ball

August 2014 Irish Newspaper Circulation

I had to double take on these sets of results – so used to the doom and gloom at follows the monthly figures like a bad smell that there was a modicum of disbelief and a measure of self-doubt about my ability to use a spreadsheet. But, no they are the real deal. In August, ever paper under scrutiny, made month on month gains bar the FT and the Mail on Sunday. I couldn’t recall

Newspaper Circulation Jan June 2014

“Ta-da” – the cosmetic adverts catchphrase. I use it mockingly as it heralds the publication, finally, of the ABC’s of the reaming newspapers in the market. Plenty of cosmetics would be needed to make these figures even vaguely attractive. The total market contacted by 7% over a twelve month period. The market is still 204m newspapers a year, but falling at 7% per annum isn’t a sustainable business model. The morning market is falling faster

Morning Newspaper Circulation Jan June 2014

The morning market slipped back 6% to 463,000 since the audit of Jan-June 2013 and has now dropped 28% since 2000. The brunt of the fall was felt in the ‘red tops’ who collectively have fallen 35% since the millennium whereas the non red-tops have declined by 22%.   The Irish Independent lost  8,700 copies or 7% of its circulation over the year and managed to kept the bulks at 13% the same as last

Sunday Newspaper Circulation Jan June 2014

The market fell by -6% or 53,000 in twelve months. The Sunday Independent dropped 12,000 over the twelve months to 220,000. The Sunday world lost 13,000 which drops it back to below 200,000 to 198,000. The Sunday Business Post, despite a new look, lost 11% to rest at 34,000.   The Daily Star on Sunday does nothing in the market here and is beginning to reap what is it has sown with an 11% decline

July ABC 2014 Irish Newspaper Circualtion

Most of the morning tabloids had a bit of a mini-rally with The Sun and The Mirror gaining month on month.  However the Daily Star didn’t figure in the ‘surge’ dropping 150 copies and its first place spot among the redtops as well. The Daily Mail reports a drop of over 6,000 on the month (-13%) which is a fairly sizeable decrease in a calendar month but much of that could be down to a

Irish Newspaper Circulation June 2014

This month sees The Sun and The Daily Star dip below the sixty marks and the Mirror roots itself solidly into the forties. I’ve never made any bones about it – but I’m a huge fan of tabloids, but by no means a tabloid apologist when they over step the mark – as they have on numerous occasions. The dip this month is particularly worrying for that group of papers. I appreciate dropping below sixty

ABC Irish Newspaper Circulation May 2014

Nothing spectacular happened in May – the end of the premier league and the beginning of the Football and Hurling championship (and therefore order being resorted to the world!). The ABC’s were equally less than spectacular and continued along the same lines as normal. The Daily Mirror stepped into dangerous territory, dropping below the 50k mark. It had dipped there before in December, but that’s allowed given the season etc.The Daily Star managed to keep

March 2014 ABC Circulation

March brings a bit of good news for the tabloids in the form of Cheltenham, which always manages to lift sales for them. However going on the past, this boost will be short-lived and April will bring a dose of reality to a beleaguered market. The big winner this month was the Daily Star gaining close to 2,000 copies and it looks like it was at the expense of the Daily Mirror, who had a

Irish Newspaper Circulations February 2014

The lift the papers got in January is well gone now and some of the publications dripped significantly. The Mirror dropped 2,900 copies (-5% on the month) leaving it at just over 51,000. The Irish Daily Star now at 61,000 whilst The Sun is down to 60,000 – down 7% on the year, The Star down 9%. The Morning are down 18,000 year on year and 8,000 on the month.    In the Sundays, the

ABC Newspaper Circulation July December 2013

    Market JD 2013 JD 2012 Diff ‘000 Diff % Total Sunday 811,052 865,221 -54,169 -6% Total Morning 480,585 513,896 -33,311 -6% Total Evening 70,276 75,386 -5,110 -7% Total Market 1,361,913 1,454,503 -92,590 -6%        

ABC Sunday Newspaper Circulation July December 2013

The Sunday Market, like the morning, dropped 6% year on year, down 54,000 to 811,000. Unlike the morning market where there was a somewhat consistency to the declines the papers in the Sunday Market had very mixed fortunes. If falling circulation still manages to get you the title of ‘best performer’, then the Sunday Independent deserves that accolade. It only dropped 3% year on year and all other titles in the market declined by greater

ABC Morning Newspaper Circulation July December 2013

Morning Market: The first point of reference is that the morning market has fallen below 500k for the first time and, as can see from the various charts accompanying the post, there is no sign of any reversal of fortunes. The big fallers year on year are the Red Tops who collectively are down 8%. The Sun and The Daily Star slug it out for worst performers in the Morning market title, watched on closely

Irish Newspaper Circulation January 2014

January, thankfully, showed a change in the outlooks of the tabloids, most notably the Daily Mirror bouncing back some 7,000 copies on its December figure and the Sun followed suit gaining nearly 3,000. Still the year on year figure is bleak down between 5% and 9% – the latter percent being the Irish Daily Star. All the papers got a lift for the New Year bar the Observer – which it should be noted is

ABC Circulation December 2013

December is always a bad month for sales and this year is no different. The tabloids took a beating last month dropping 10,000 over the month. The big faller was The Mirror leaving 5,600 behind on November. The Sun fell into the 50’s pit for the first time and The Daily Star hung on by a very narrow 400 copies. With the inclement weather we had last month, I can’t expect that these figures will

November ABC Irish Newspaper circulations 2013

A fairly grim month for the Tabloids, again. Whatever it was about the month all the titles suffered. The Sun back nearly 3,400 copies (about 5%) and The Daily Star recording a 1,600 drop. The Mirror was the surprise of the month adding 1,800 to its numbers. Collectively the tabloids were down nearly 3,000 copies – and history shows that it won’t get any better next month. The Sun is currently perilously close to a

ABC Irish Newspaper Circulations September 2013

Just to recap – there are two distinct ABC reports – a monthly report, in which twelve morning newspapers available in Ireland subscribe to and equally twelve of the Sunday’s provide data for. Three mornings and three Sundays only provide data on a six monthly basis to complete the lofty sounding ‘Island of Ireland’ report, a report which is given acres of space in print and way too much weight – and I stand guilty

August 2013 ABC Newspaper Circulations

For the tabloids, August with the start of the premier league couldn’t have come quick enough. A large group of soccer supporters seemingly regained their interest in tabloids this month and in the mix there are probably a scattering of GAA supporters too, loyal to the true faith and not concerned with the ‘foreign game’ at all! Two big GAA games in August both featuring the metropolitans would have to have definitely added a few