It Is Not All Doom and Gloom

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The release of this period’s ABC results on August 16th has provided food for thought for many. The continued downward trend which has been seen almost uniformly across print platforms has fuelled conversation about the importance of digital editions and ‘multi-touchpoint’ brands.

Print ABC results from January to June 2012 have painted a fairly bleak picture for both the consumer magazine and newspaper markets, with just a few exceptions.

The Men’s Lifestyle sector continues to be dominated by the free titles Shortlist and Sport, whilst well-known, paid for titles FHM and Nuts reported substantial drops in sales of -12% and -21% respectively.

In a mirror of these results, Shortlist’s sister title, Stylist, has also enjoyed positive results this period, bucking the overall Women’s Lifestyle trend and reporting a 1.1% year-on-year increase in circulation to rank at number 15 in the Top 100 Magazines. Major titles Glamour, Hello! and Look were among the worst hit, although More reported the worst result in this sector with a fall of 30.5% in circulation.

The Home Interest market saw a mixed set of results. There were a number of increases, including Country Homes & Interiors, Living etc and Style at Home, GoodHomes and Elle Decoration. Although some titles suffered losses – among them Ideal Home, Country Living and House Beautiful.

The Domestic News and Affairs market has completely subverted the downward trend demonstrated elsewhere, with every title boasting a year-on year increase in a market that reports a 5.4% year-on-year increase.

ABC Comparisons

The Daily Newspaper market posted a decrease of 9.3%, although notable winners from this sector include i and The Daily Telegraph, who both reported an increase in sales from the previous ABCs.

However, analysts have chosen not to focus solely on the negative trends shown in these most recent ABC figures.

Rather, the decline in print has been countered by increases in the digital ABCs, with many commentators focusing on the future opportunities presented by digital editions, iPad and mobile for consumer magazines and newspaper titles.

In the world of consumer magazines, titles as diverse as Cosmo, GQ and Harper’s Bazaar have shown significant growth in the digital arena (50.3%, 15.8% and 9% respectively). Heat also presents an interesting case study, posting an overall brand reach of 2.8 million across platforms, whilst print circulation itself has fallen to only 326,677.

Whilst the increases seen in the digital sector are small by comparison with the decline in print, the growth should not be dismissed as more and more titles launch their digital editions.

As such, discussion of what these ABC figures mean for overall media trends should be couched in the knowledge that print is only one aspect of a title’s brand. Talking about media brands in terms of their multiple touchpoints with their audience, including print, online and mobile, gives a much clearer impression of their power, influence and value.

Men’s Lifestyle Magazine: Jan-Jun 2012 Year On Year Comparisons

Title Publisher Jan-Jun 11 Jan-Jun 12 Actual Change YoY % Ch Jul-Dec 11 PoP % Ch
Shortlist* Shortlist Media Ltd 523,665 529,010 5,345 1.0 526,359 0.5
Sport UTV Media Ltd 306,217 305,676 -541 -0.2 304,700 0.3
Men’s Health Hearst-Rodale 218,368 216,336 -2,032 -0.9 221,176 -2.2
FHM (For Him Magazine) Bauer Consumer Media 155,557 123,844 -31,713 -20.4 140,716 -12.0
GQ Conde Nast Publications Ltd 118,216 120,139 1,923 1.6 120,094 0.0
RWD RWD Creative Media Limited 98,300 96,652 -1,648 -1.7 96,240 0.4
Nuts* IPC Media Ltd 114,019 90,134 -23,885 -20.9 114,116 -21.0
Stuff Haymarket Consumer Media 80,130 76,083 -4,047 -5.1 80,226 -5.2
Men’s Fitness Dennis Publishing Limited 69,264 65,201 -4,063 -5.9 61,721 5.6
BBC Focus Immediate Media Company 66,454 64,625 -1,829 -2.8 67,727 -4.6
Esquire Hearst Magazines Ltd 58,218 54,702 -3,516 -6.0 56,583 -3.3
Wired Conde Nast Publications Ltd 50,150 52,136 1,986 4.0 51,056 2.1
Healthy for Men** River Publishing Ltd 60,499 47,770 -12,729 -21.0 59,157 -19.2
Zoo* Bauer Consumer Media 54,318 46,310 -8,008 -14.7 54,599 -15.2
How It Works Imagine Publishing n/a 34,089 n/a n/a 30,342 12.3
Front Magazine Kane Ltd n/a 30,009 n/a n/a 34,097 -12.0
Total n/a 1,973,375 1,952,716 -20,659 -1.0 2,018,909 -3.3

Women’s Lifestyle Magazine Circulations: Jan-Jun 2012 Year On Year Comparisons

Title

Publisher Jan-Jun 11 Jan-Jun 12 Actual Change YoY % Ch Jul-Dec 11 PoP % Ch
John Lewis Edition John Brown 474,579 480,241 5,662 1.2 484,991 -1.0
Glamour Conde Nast Publications 530,060 470,138 -59,922 -11.3 466,327 0.8
Stylist Shortlist Media Ltd 426,396 431,266 4,870 1.1 429,034 0.5
Good Housekeeping Hearst Magazines Ltd 430,878 408,569 -22,309 -5.2 448,129 -8.8
Woman & Home IPC Media 370,284 353,731 -16,553 -4.5 379,896 -6.9
Cosmopolitan Hearst Magazines Ltd 386,852 353,413 -33,439 -8.6 377,580 -6.4
Hello! Hello! Ltd 413,311 352,985 -60,326 -14.6 373,226 -5.4
Yours Bauer Consumer Media 285,890 280,804 -5,086 -1.8 282,892 -0.7
Prima Hearst Magazines Ltd 280,207 264,312 -15,895 -5.7 281,636 -6.2
Marie Claire European Magazines Limited 250,785 255,021 4,236 1.7 266,881 -4.4
Look Evarn Ltd 300,161 250,071 -50,090 -16.7 280,481 -10.8
Red Hearst Magazines Ltd 231,160 226,116 -5,044 -2.2 231,180 -2.2
Candis Newhall Publications 236,075 223,584 -12,491 -5.3 224,468 -0.4
Vogue Conde Nast Publications 210,766 205,033 -5,733 -2.7 210,806 -2.7
Grazia Bauer Consumer Media 219,741 190,053 -29,688 -13.5 205,487 -7.5
Elle Hearst Magazines Ltd 197,136 189,568 -7,568 -3.8 195,020 -2.8
Easy Living Conde Nast Publications 158,038 164,019 5,981 3.8 140,123 17.1
InStyle IPC Media 175,113 163,432 -11,681 -6.7 176,002 -7.1
Company Hearst Magazines Ltd 180,162 143,269 -36,893 -20.5 188,278 -23.9
Harpers Bazaar Hearst Magazines Ltd 118,740 119,274 534 0.4 120,004 -0.6
Essentials IPC Media 126,904 119,087 -7,817 -6.2 128,906 -7.6
Harrods Magazine Harrods Ltd 104,997 109,913 4,916 4.7 120,057 -8.4
More! Bauer Consumer Media 170,033 106,065 -63,968 -37.6 152,571 -30.5
Vanity Fair Conde Nast Publications 100,560 100,692 132 0.1 102,585 -1.8
Women’s Health Hearst-Rodale n/a 100,289 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Psychologies Hearst Magazines Ltd 108,631 92,302 -16,329 -15.0 104,491 -11.7
Tatler Conde Nast Publications 87,616 87,004 -612 -0.7 88,020 -1.2
Ladies First Magazine (Wales) Hils Publications Ltd 35,771 34,795 -976 -2.7 35,470 -1.9
WM The Womans Magazine Media Wales Ltd 34,057 32,010 -2,047 -6.0 33,744 -5.1
Image Image Publications Ltd 21,045 21,624 579 2.8 21,261 1.7
RSVP RSVP Publishing Ltd 15,109 12,603 -2,506 -16.6 13,304 -5.3
Total n/a 6,681,057 6,341,283 -440,063 -5.1 6,562,850 -3.4

Home Interest Magazines: Jan-Jun 2012 Year On Year Comparisons

Title

Publisher Jan-Jun 11 Jan-Jun 12 Actual Change YoY % Ch Jul-Dec 11 PoP % Ch
Ideal Home IPC Media 205,778 193,203 -12,575 -6.1 195,442 -1.1
Country Living Hearst Magazines UK 206,027 190,177 -15,850 -7.7 191,599 -0.7
Ikea Family Live August Media Ltd 150,000 150,000 n/a n/a 150,000 n/a
Homes & Gardens IPC Media Ltd 137,812 131,555 -6,257 -4.5 138,868 -5.3
Your Home Hubert Burda Media UK 133,018 130,012 -3,006 -2.3 131,770 -1.3
House & Garden Conde Nast Publications Ltd 127,260 126,841 -419 -0.3 127,311 -0.4
House Beautiful Hearst Magazines UK 143,106 126,497 -16,609 -11.6 132,962 -4.9
25 Beautiful Homes IPC Media Ltd 107,974 102,012 -5,962 -5.5 100,045 2.0
Country Homes & Interiors IPC Media Ltd 92,563 99,676 7,113 7.7 97,286 2.5
Living etc IPC Media Ltd 97,098 98,250 1,152 1.2 98,143 0.1
Style at Home IPC Media Ltd 52,576 80,011 27,435 52.2 71,806 11.4
GoodHomes Kelsey Publishing Ltd 73,444 78,620 5,176 7.0 76,113 3.3
Elle Decoration Hearst Magazines UK 70,323 70,655 332 0.5 70,376 0.4
World Of Interiors Conde Nast Publications Ltd 62,089 61,849 -240 -0.4 62,096 -0.4
Homes & Antiques Immediate Media Company 58,701 61,536 2,835 4.8 64,563 -4.7
Coast Hearst Magazines UK 42,628 38,657 -3,971 -9.3 40,464 -4.5
Grand Designs Media 10 Ltd 27,820 30,653 2,833 10.2 30,820 -0.5
Image Interiors & Living Image Publications Ltd n/a 16,595 n/a n/a 14,463 14.7
Homes & Interiors Scotland Peebles Media Group Ltd 10,845 10,345 -500 -4.6 10,232 1.1
Total n/a 1,799,062 1,797,144 -1,918 -0.1 1,804,359 -0.4

News & Current Affairs – Domestic: Jan-Jun 2012 Comparisons

Title Publisher Jan-Jun 11 Jan-Jun 12 Actual Change YoY % Ch Jul-Dec 11 PoP % Ch
Private Eye Pressdram Ltd 206,266 226,046 19,780 9.6 228,112 -0.9
The Week Dennis Publishing Limited 183,617 191,401 7,784 4.2 187,536 2.1
BBC History Magazine Immediate Media Company 69,394 71,403 2,009 2.9 72,271 -1.2
Spectator Spectator (1828) Ltd 62,852 63,612 760 1.2 63,543 0.1
The Oldie Oldie Publications 40,386 42,314 1,928 4.8 41,008 3.2
Limerick Post Carnbeg Ltd 34,340 36,216 1,876 5.5 35,393 2.3
Prospect Prospect Publishing Ltd 31,985 32,115 130 0.4 32,105 0.0
Total: n/a 628,840 663,107 34,267 5.4 659,968 0.5

Daily Newspaper Market – National Newspaper ABC Figures: July 2012

Daily Titles Jul-11 Jun-12 Jul-12 YoY Actual Change YoY % Change PoP Actual Change PoP % Change
Quality
Daily Telegraph 634,113 573,674 581,249 -52,864 -8.3 7,575 1.3
Financial Times 336,590 297,225 290,765 -45,825 -13.6 -6,460 -2.2
Guardian 248,775 211,511 209,354 -39,421 -15.8 -2,157 -1.0
Herald (Scotland) 47,226 44,445 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
i 183,677 272,597 280,122 96,445 52.5 7,525 2.8
Independent 182,881 90,001 83,619 -99,262 -54.3 -6,382 -7.1
Scotsman 38,987 35,523 34,127 -4,860 -12.5 -1,396 -3.9
Times 441,205 400,120 404,099 -37,106 -8.4 3,979 1.0
Mid Market
Daily Express 625,952 602,482 555,544 -70,408 -11.2 -46,938 -7.8
Daily Mail 2,050,132 1,939,635 1,921,239 -128,893 -6.3 -18,396 -0.9
Popular
Daily Mirror 1,185,729 1,081,330 1,082,054 -103,675 -8.7 724 0.1
Daily Record 305,226 279,324 275,526 -29,700 -9.7 -3,798 -1.4
Daily Star 706,757 602,296 623,534 -83,223 -11.8 21,238 3.5
Sun 2,821,618 2,583,552 2,550,859 -270,759 -9.6 -32,693 -1.3
Total Daily 9,808,868 9,013,715 8,892,091 -916,777 -9.3 -121,624 -1.3
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