Thursday 27 August 2009

Regional ABCs: Read them and weep

Press Gazette's analysis of the sales figures of daily regional newspapers in the first half of the year, released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations today, makes very grim reading.
It shows many of the big city daily newspapers are losing sales at a rate of more than 10 per cent year on year.
In Birmingham, the Mail dropped 14.6 per cent to 56,495.
In Bristol, the Western Daily Press dropped 10.8 per cent to 35,156 and the Bristol Evening Post was down 10.9 per cent to 43,997.
In Liverpool, the Daily Post was down 18.4 per cent to 11,648 and the Liverpool Echo was down 10.1 per cent to 92,093.
In Newcastle, the Evening Chronicle dropped 11.1 per cent year-on-year to 63,872.
In Leeds, the Yorkshire Evening Post was down 13.6 per cent to 46,013.
Press Gazette notes: "Not a single regional daily newspaper managed to increase sales year on year in the first half of this year. And only a handful of titles managed to keep their sales decline down to under five per cent."

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