Irish Newspaper Circulation October 2012 ABC’s

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What a difference a month can make and I’d particularly focus on the tabloid section of the Morning market in that statement. September was a good (enough) month for the tabloids especially as the hurlers took two bites of the apple. The Daily Star used those events to do a bit of price promotion and managed to maintain its numbers in September.  

However, October has been a disaster for the Red Tops: The Sun fell 4% to 68,696 – the paper never having been in the 60’s – and the Daily Star stayed this side of it by only 451 copies after dropping nearly 3,000 in the month. Maybe continuing the price promotion would have helped.   

Overall the tabloid market fell nearly 5,500 in the month and is down 18,000 on the year. If you were having a pint with Paddy Power, you’d have to enquire as to the odds of all the tabloids being sub seventy thousand in November. Short odds I’d wager.

Elsewhere, there were only a few minor changes. The Mail and the Mail on Sunday fell back around 1,500 each. The Sunday Times added a healthy 1,772 and, outside that there was very little to report.  

To get a complete view of the Irish newspaper market we have to wait until all the nationals produce their figures. In some cases we will find out ‘yesterdays’ sale in February 2013 and it’s a six month average at that.

But we get a lot of data on a monthly basis, albeit ‘incomplete’, but robust enough to begin to paint a picture of the overall market.

If we use data stretching back to 2006 for morning and Sundays, and manipulate the data somewhat for our convenience, we’re able to see how confident we are in assessing the overall market using jsut the monthly data. Firstly we have to turn the monthly data into six month parcels for comparative purposes and then see how the monthly compares to the six monthly.  

The figures are quiet encouraging: Actually there’s a very healthy 0.98 correlation between the monthly and six monthly data in the mornings and a 0.94 correlation with the Sundays.

So, if over a few months we see the monthly data tanking, you can be assured that when we do get our hands on the sis monthly data – the story will be very much the same.     



Daily Mirror 57,19156,73957,234452-43
Daily Record510545599-35-89
Irish Daily Star70,45080,17973,387-9,729-2,937
The Sun68,69677,30171,201-8,605-2,505
Daily Express2,6483,0562,898-408-250
Irish Daily Mail50,03948,89651,4661,143-1,427
The Daily Telegraph2,7892,9052,926-116-137
Financial Times3,0573,6882,890-631167
The Guardian3,1523,6113,245-459-93
The Independent09330-9330
The Times2,1152,1712,226-56-111
Morning Market261,424280,528268,839-19,104-7,415
Daily Star – Sunday24,16839,12223,607-14,954561
News of the World66,76266,99866,762-236
Sunday Mail1,0291,3851,320-356-291
Sunday Mirror41,22964,76141,173-23,53256
The People18,04929,58617,802-11,537247
Sunday Express3,6404,5373,700-897-60
Sunday Post654755660-101-6
The Mail on Sunday108,791110,387110,475-1,596-1,684
Independent on Sunday01,437000
The Observer6,3707,2816,265-911105
The Sunday Telegraph2,8572,8032,7885469
The Sunday Times102,447111,618100,675-9,1711,772
Sunday  Market375,996373,672375,4632,324533
Racing Post5,3405,6625,144-322196
Total Market642,760659,862649,446-17,102-6,686


And the so what….? Well, when the last six monthly ABC was published it allowed us to say, with certainty, that the Morning Market was 531,000 copies each morning. Given that the monthly portion of this data shows the morning market standing at 261,000, then I’d say that it’s a racing certainty (Paddy Power having bought me another) that next month the overall morning market will have fallen below 500,000. However we won’t have evidence of this until February of next year when all the numbers are revealed. By then the alarm bells should be ringing – someone should be reacting.

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