November 2012 ABC Newspaper Circulation

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You really wouldn’t have to be working on algorithms to predict what was going to happen this month. November normally brings with it a slight dip in newspaper purchases, but this year’s seems to have been fairly dramatic for some publications.

The Tabloids dropped over 4,000 copies collectively with the Mirror (-1,800) and the Daily Star (-1,433) sharing most of that drop. The latter has now, for the first time in its fairly illustrious history, dropped sub 70,000. Over the years many of the Star journeys brought them into unchartered waters, and to great success in many cases, this circulation figure however is into territories better left unexplored.

The Tabloids sector here is sinking fast, faster than the market as a whole. Some of them are formulating a Plan B (like the Mirror iPad strategy) and for others it looks as if there is no plan at all. The mornings lost 4,000 month on month alone and 15,000 year on year and the Sunday’s ditched 6,000 copies month on month.      

Only one newspaper managed to gain in circulation – and that was 18 copies from The Times, hardly reason for celebration.  

The Sunday Sun looks as if it’s showing its true colours dropping over 4,000 in the month. The Daily Star on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror also we back roughly 1,500 each. But take heed as the Sunday figures are very misleading due to the absence of the News of the World in the comparative figure for 2011.

The Market is down nearly 3,000 on the year and 14,000 on the month. All looks fairly “ok” given the state of the economy and the newspaper market as a whole. But take out the confusing News of the World figure so we can compare like with like and you see that the market is down a staggering 65,000 papers year on year. With “Ho Ho Ho” looming – it’s not going to get any better. 

TitleNov-12Nov-11Oct-12Y/YY/Y %M/M
Daily Mirror 55,35457,02057,191-1,666-2.9%-1,837
Daily Record500515510-15-2.9%-10
Irish Daily Star69,01778,13170,450-9,114-11.7%-1,433
The Sun67,73772,65468,696-4,917-6.8%-959
Daily Express2,7542,9142,648-160-5.5%106
Irish Daily Mail49,08149,45050,039-369-0.7%-958
The Daily Telegraph2,7592,8462,789-87-3.1%-30
Financial Times2,9133,4453,057-532-15.4%-144
The Guardian3,1393,4283,152-289-8.4%-13
The Independent2,9138242,089
The Times2,0972,0792,115180.9%-18
Morning Market258,264273,786261,424-15,522-5.7%-3,160
Daily Star – Sunday22,65936,97824,168-14,319-38.7%-1,509
News of the World62,56066,76262,560-4,202
Sunday Mail1,0601,3091,029-249-19.0%31
Sunday Mirror39,72661,71441,229-21,988-35.6%-1,503
The People17,64528,30118,049-10,656-37.7%-404
Sunday Express3,1953,9913,640-796-19.9%-445
Sunday Post636738654-102-13.8%-18
The Mail on Sunday107,797111,020108,791-3,223-2.9%-994
Independent on Sunday1,42000.0%
The Observer6,4066,9026,370-496-7.2%36
The Sunday Telegraph2,5362,6882,857-152-5.7%-321
The Sunday Times101,851110,164102,447-8,313-7.5%-596
Sunday  Market366,071365,225375,9968460.2%-9,925
Racing Post5,3455,8525,340-507-8.7%5
Total Market629,680644,863642,760-15,183-2.4%-13,080


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