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ABC National Newspaper Round-Up: August 2012 – Sadly the Olympics Did Not Provide Dramatic Golds

Source: Mediatel

Daily Market

The overall daily newspaper market was down -10.1% year-on-year (YoY) and -0.9% period-on-period (PoP) in August, with just one title enjoying an increase in circulation over the year. Independent‘s sister title, i, posted a 47.3% YoY rise during the month and now has a total circulation of 282,000 copies.

On a positive note, six daily recorded increases during the Olympic and Paralympic month: the Daily Telegraph (+0.5% PoP), i (+0.5%), the Scotsman (+6.5%), The Times (+0.9%), the Daily Mirror (+0.6%) and the Daily Record (+0.3%).

Of the quality daily titles, the Independent saw the biggest actual loss – down by 99,000 copies over the year, as readers seem to be migrating to its smaller and cheaper version (i gained more than 90,000 copies in the same period).

The Financial Times and the Guardian also posted the largest PoP losses in the quality sector in addition to high YoY decreases in circulation of 15.6% and 15.3% respectively.

Both mid-market titles, the Daily Express and Daily Mail, posted YoY and PoP declines, however the Daily Mail is still the second biggest-selling daily newspaper.

In the popular market, the Daily Mirror and Daily Record enjoyed small increases during the month but all four titles were down YoY.  Over the year, The Sun has seen the biggest actual drop (down by almost 293,000 copies) but remains well ahead of its daily competitors with a total circulation of 2.5 million.

London Free Press

In the London free press market, City A.M. is able to boast a 38.5% YoY increase, up by almost 36,000 copies. The newspaper now targets more commuters in the South and South West, and as a result the number of stations where  City A.M. is available  has now doubled.

Metro (London), which is distributed to around 775,000 people, is up slightly (1.5% YoY), while the London Evening Standard‘s total remains static.

Sunday Newspaper Market

All of the titles in our Sunday market analysis saw their sales fall over the year, however, some titles enjoyed an increase over July.

The quality market performed well in the month, with the Independent on Sunday, the Observer, Scotland on Sunday and the Sunday Telegraph all posting PoP increase in circulation. Only the Sunday times recorded a PoP decrease of 0.5%.

The Mail on Sunday and Sunday Express also saw their circulations rise in August – up 1.8% and 0.5% PoP respectively.

However, the Sunday Mail and Sunday Mirror were the only two red-tops to enjoy a PoP rise. The Daily Star Sunday, the People and The Sun (Sunday) posted PoP declines.

Over the year, the Sunday Mirror has suffered the biggest actual loss, down by more than 799,000 copies – losing its gains from the News of the World closure last year.

News International’s The Sun (Sunday), which has a total circulation of over 2.1 million, is the most popular Sunday title, followed by the Mail on Sunday (1.8 million copies) and the Sunday Mirror (1.1 million copies)

Looking To The Future

Despite almost universal YoY falls in print circulation, the most recent NRS PADD results show that media owners are for the first time recording their readership in terms of both print and digital platforms. As discussed in media bulletin article ‘Combined Print and Digital Readership Available for the First Time’,the emergence of multiple touch-point brands has resulted in print losses being counterbalanced by rises in online, mobile, ipad and tablet readerships, and as such, they should not be viewed as wholly negative.

In fact, it can be seen that some of those publications showing large print losses are the biggest winners in the digital arena – notable examples in the quality sector are the Guardian, whose 4.9 million online readers now comprise over half of the total readership, and the Financial Times who reported in July a 31% YoY increase in digital subscriptions to more than 300,000 in comparison with a 15.6% YoY decrease in print circulation.

Daily Titles

Daily Titles Mar 11 – Aug 11 Feb 12 – Jul 12 Mar 12 – Aug 12 YoY Actual Change YoY % Change PoP Actual Change PoP % Change
Quality
Daily Telegraph 631,113 576,902 577,746 -53,367 -8.5 844 0.1
Financial Times 357,472 305,408 299,627 -57,845 -16.2 -5,781 -1.9
Guardian 255,739 213,853 211,978 -43,761 -17.1 -1,875 -0.9
i 174,801 272,893 275,628 100,827 57.7 2,735 1.0
Herald (Scotland) 49,207 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Independent 180,286 95,380 91,669 -88,617 -49.2 -3,711 -3.9
Scotsman 40,950 36,170 35,949 -5,001 -12.2 -221 -0.6
Times 445,478 397,489 399,097 -46,381 -10.4 1,608 0.4
Mid Market
Daily Express 626,911 576,689 572,392 -54,519 -8.7 -4,297 -0.7
Daily Mail 2,057,671 1,946,434 1,941,445 -116,226 -5.6 -4,989 -0.3
Popular
Daily Mirror 1,170,769 1,085,698 1,083,459 -87,310 -7.5 -2,239 -0.2
Daily Record 309,187 281,045 279,758 -29,429 -9.5 -1,287 -0.5
Daily Star 702,220 612,945 610,279 -91,941 -13.1 -2,666 -0.4
Sun 2,812,375 2,594,552 2,581,900 -230,475 -8.2 -12,652 -0.5
Total Daily 9,814,179 8,995,458 8,960,927 -853,252 -8.7 -34,531 -0.4


London Free Papers

London Free Press Aug 11 Jul 11 Aug 12 YoY Actual Change YoY % Change PoP Actual Change PoP % Change
City A.M 92,745 131,194 128,484 35,739 38.5 -2,710 -2.1
London Evening Standard 700,728 701,280 700,895 167 0.0 -385 -0.1
Metro (London) 763,424 783,981 775,252 11,828 1.5 -8,729 -1.1
Total London Press 1,556,897 1,616,455 1,604,631 47,734 3.1 -11,824 -0.7

Sunday Titles

Sunday Titles Mar 11 – Aug 11 Feb 12 – Jul 12 Mar 12 – Aug 12 YoY Actual Change YoY % Change PoP Actual Change PoP % Change
Quality
Independent On Sunday 156,571 123,017 122,929 -33,642 -21.5 -88 -0.1
Observer 290,339 249,464 248,380 -41,959 -14.5 -1,084 -0.4
Scotland on Sunday. 53,005 45,382 44,808 -8,197 -15.5 -574 -1.3
Sunday Herald 31,004 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Sunday Times 1,017,461 928,776 924,823 -92,638 -9.1 -3,953 -0.4
Sunday Telegraph 489,508 453,478 453,870 -35,638 -7.3 392 0.1
Mid Market
Sunday Express 589,131 520,327 510,424 -78,707 -13.4 -9,903 -1.9
Mail On Sunday 2,000,114 1,820,257 1,808,896 -191,218 -9.6 -11,361 -0.6
Sunday Post 312,993 276,195 273,730 -39,263 -12.5 -2,465 -0.9
Popular
Daily Star Sunday. 432,795 494,954 469,440 36,645 8.5 -25,514 -5.2
People 596,864 497,860 458,936 -137,928 -23.1 -38,924 -7.8
Sun (Sunday) n/a 2,308,567 2,244,373 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Sunday Mail 380,268 325,054 316,813 -63,455 -16.7 -8,241 -2.5
Sunday Mirror 1,325,691 1,172,184 1,093,290 -232,401 -17.5 -78,894 -6.7
Total Sunday 7,675,744 9,215,515 8,970,712 1,294,968 16.9 -244,803 -2.7

Decline in UK Daily Newspaper Market

Last weeks ABC circulation figures have shown that the UK daily newspaper market is still in decline, down 7.6% from April 2011. The rate is steadily increasing month by month. In February 2012 the total circulation of the UK daily newspaper market fell by 5.2% from February 2011, the figures were even higher over the 12 month period from March 2011 with a decline in circulation of 7.4%. We will have to wait till next months ABC figures to see whether the negative trend is increasing or whether it is stabilising slightly.

In terms of quality daily titles, the Daily Telegraph was the only title to see a small PoP uplift of just 0.1%. The Independent saw the biggest fall, down 82,000 copies over the last 12 months. This was a YoY drop of 45.4%. The Times had a drop of 12.6% from last April, which was trumped by the Financial Times, who recorded a 17.8% YoY drop, this equates to just over 66,000 copies according to the latest figures. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the drop in circulation of many of the quality daily titles can be attributed to many of their readers choosing to use online or app offerings from the papers. The Times, Financial Times and Telegraph have very strong app offerings which are showing ever increasing download figures on a month by month basis.

One newspaper posted an increase in its circulation over the past year. The i has seen its circulation rise by 68.6% over the past 12 months. This is a YoY increase in circulation of 110,497 where as its stable mate the Independent has seen its circulation fall by 82,107 (45.4%). This is excellent news for the newspaper and shows that there is still growth within the UK Daily Newspaper market for those publishers who are willing to innovate and invest.

ABC-April

Source: Mintel

In terms of the popular daily titles The Sun saw a small rise in PoP of 0.4% where as the Daily Star saw a fall of 0.5%. Over the past year the Sun has seen the biggest loss in circulation of 159,102 copies, yet it remains the biggest selling daily title in the UK with a circulation of 2.6million which dwarfs its nearest rivals by almost 1.5 million copies.

ABC-April

Source: Mintel

The London free press as a whole has seen its circulation remain almost static as total circulation increased slightly (0.1% YoY). Metro (London) performed the strongest with an increase in its circulation of 8,373 over the past 12 months, compared to the decrease in circulation from City A.M (3,231) and the London Evening Standard whose circulation decreased by 3,944.

ABC-April

Source: Mintel

For the first time the ABC figures include a separate Saturday average, this has confirmed a significant uplift of Saturday newspaper editions. The Guardian has seen the biggest difference between its weekday and weekend sales. It has more than doubled its Saturday circulation to 377,000 copies compared to that of the weekday circulation (178,000). The Daily Mail has seen a similar uplift in its Saturday circulation selling 2.7 million copies compared to 1.7million during the week.

The Sunday Newspaper market now includes the new edition of The Sun. The Sun on Sunday sold 3.21 million copies in its first week, however, the figure dropped to 2.7 million in its second week. The ABC release shows that overall the Sunday market is performing strongly and is up 31.6% YoY. The strong YoY increase of the Sunday newspaper market from April 2011 can solely be attributed to the Daily Star Sunday posting a YoY circulation increase of 55.9% (172,988 copies). This cannot, however, be attributed to a slash in cover price as the publications cost has increased slightly over the past year. In April 2011 the cover price stood at 35p in comparison to 50p in 2012.

In terms of the Sunday Newspaper markets top performance, the Sunday Times performed strongest posting a percentage increase of 2.9% PoP despite suffering a huge loss in circulation in April of approximately 63,000 copies. On the other hand, the Sunday Times has seen a strong rise in iPad app downloads with page views for April 2012 totalling 68,982,986. This figure is extremely positive and shows that the digital market is performing stronger than ever.

ABC April

Source: Mintel

In terms of the coming few months, we can assume that the newspaper circulations will plateau or possibly increase slightly during the Jubilee period and the Olympic Games. Readers will hopefully be purchasing newspapers to keep up to date with the most recent news and photos from both Events.

National Newspapers – May 2012 – ABC figures

Title Nov 10 – Apr 11 Oct 11 -Mar 12 Nov 11- Apr 12 YoY actual change % YoY POP actual change % POP
National Newspapers – Quality
Daily
Daily Telegraph 637,233 588,702 584,349 -52,884 -8.3 -4,353 -0.7
Times 451,910 405,602 401,775 –50,135 -11.1 -3,827 -0.9
Financial Times 384,501 328,579 322,331 -62,170 -16.2 -6,248 -1.9
Guardian 266,440 224,611 222,003 -44,437 -16.7 -2,608 -1.2
i N/A 240,680 250,356 N/A N/A 9,676 4.0
Independent 180,411 116,637 111,086 -69,325 -38.4 -5,551 -4.8
Sunday
Independent On Sunday 152,311 127,530 126,013 -26,298 -17.3 -1,517 -1.2
Sunday Telegraph 493,449 460,772 458,135 -35,314 -7.2 -2,637 -0.6
Sunday Times 103,4212 950,066 947,517 -86695 -8.4 -2,549 -0.3
Observer 304,870 260,903 258,422 -46,448 -15.2 -2,481 -0.6
National Newspapers – Mid-market
Daily
Daily Mail 207,6039 198,1883 198,0572 -95,467 -4.6 –1,311 -0.1
Daily Express 629,531 588,375 580,999 -48,532 –7.7 -7376 -1.3
Sunday
Mail On Sunday 193,8348 1,915,412 1,885,690 -52,658 -2.7 –29,722 -1.6
Sunday Express 548,608 602,232 579,349 30,741 -5.6 -22883 -3.8
National Newspapers – Popular
Daily
Sun 2,835,606 2,631,598 2,616,354 -219,252 –7.7 -15,244 -0.6
Daily Mirror 1,166,752 1,172,785 1,096,918 -69,834 -6 -5,379 -0.5
Daily Star 718,670 629,234 621,444 -97226 -13.5 -7,790 -1.2
Daily Record 306,535 285,355 280,008 -26,527 -8.7 -5,347 -1.9
Sunday
Daily Star Sunday 314,069 612,318 580,806 266,737 84.9 -31,512 -5.1
Sun N/A 2,426,894 2,297,441 N/A N/A -129,453 -5.3
Sunday Mirror 1,077,060 1,590,098 1,492,737 415,677 38.6 -97,361 -6.1
People 489,308 706,988 658,135 168,827 34.5 -48,853 -6.9

ABC National Newspaper Round-Up

The daily newspaper market circulation figures have fallen yet again to 1.8% PoP. The market is down 6.9% Year on Year. However, two dailies have reported an increase in sales over the month –the Daily Mail and i.

The Sunday Market saw figures fall – 1.2% PoP. The Independent on Sunday managed to avoid the trend, however, tabloid YoY figures have remained positive and this is probably still due to the closure of the News of the World.

National Newspapers – November 2011 – ABC figures

Title Nov-10 Oct-11 Nov-11 % YoY % POP
National Newspapers – Quality
Daily Telegraph 652,762 603,901 594,644 -8.9% -1.5%
Times 466,311 417,197 413,233 -11.4% -1.0%
Financial Times 400,699 345,077 337,239 -15.8% -2.3%
Guardian 270,582 230,541 226,473 -16.3% -1.8%
Independent 177,636 133,449 127,873 -28.0% -4.2%
i n/a 211,467 221,736 n/a 4.9%
Mid Market
Daily Mail 2,100,885 1,998,363 2,001,643 -4.7% -2.66%
Daily Express 639,690 614,534 603,318 -5.7% 0.2%
National Newspapers – Popular
Sun 2,898,113 2,715,473 2,624,167 -9.5 -3.4%
Daily Mirror 1,177,629 1,118,120 1,103,405 -6.3% -1.3%
Daily Star 756,686 658,690 643,490 -15.0% -2.3%
Daily Record 303,031 293,091 278,498 -8.1% -5.0%
Total 6,455,181 7,784,508 7,693,150 19.2% -1.2%

Sunday Newspaper Market – November 2011 – ABC figures

Title Nov-10 Oct-11 Nov-11 % YoY % POP
Quality
Independant on Sunday 150,931 130,942 133,108 -11.8% 1.7%
Observer 315,316 268,355 266,744 -15.4% -0.6%
Sunday Times 1,052,414 967,990 967,615 -8.1% -0.0%
Sunday Telegraph 501,430 471,894 465,389 -7.2% -1.4%
Mid Market
Sunday Express 545,475 679,265 658,331 -20.7% -3.1%
Mail On Sunday 1,985,333 2,000,251 1,975,728 -0.5% 1.2%
Popular
Daily Star Sunday 331,564 688,058 665,435 100.7 -3.3%
People 502,656 804,126 800,659 59.3% -0.4%
Sunday Mirror 1,070,062 1,773,627 1,760,141 64.5% -0.8%

Total 6,455,181 7,784,508 7,693,150 19.2% -1.2%

Further Analysis

Quality Daily Titles

  • i was the only Quality to enjoy a PoP boost – up 4.9% (over 10,200 copies)
  • The Independent suffered the biggest percentage declines – down -4.2% PoP and -28.0% YoY
  • The Daily Telegraph remains the top-selling Quality title, despite falling below the 600,000 mark after a -1.5% PoP fall in November

Mid-Market Daily Titles

  • The Daily Mail enjoyed a small 0.2% PoP rise, taking its total circulation above the 2m mark again
  • The Daily Express posted a -1.8% PoP fall to 603,000 copies

Popular Daily Titles

  • All of the red-top titles posted YoY and PoP declines
  • The Sun remains the top-selling daily, despite falling to 2.6m copies  after a -3.4% PoP drop (a loss of more than 91,000 copies)

Quality Sunday Titles

  • The Independent on Sunday enjoyed a 1.7% PoP increase to 133,000 copies
  • The Sunday Times remained fairly static during the month and is still the most-read Sunday Quality with a total circulation of 968,000 copies
  • The Sunday Telegraph recorded the biggest actual loss in the month – down by more than 6,500 copies PoP

Mid-Market Sunday Titles

  • The Sunday Express posted a positive 20.7% YoY increase but was down -3.1% PoP
  • The Mail on Sunday has fallen below 2m copies once again after a -1.2% PoP decline

Popular Sunday Titles

  • All three Sunday tabloids recorded PoP percentage declines, however, all three also enjoyed YoY increases – benefiting from the News of the World closure
  • The Daily Star Sunday posted a massive 100.7% YoY rise to 665,000 copies
  • The People is up 59.3% YoY to 801,000, while the Sunday Mirror is up 64.5% YoY to 1.76m copies (making it the most-read  Sunday red-top)