No regional daily titles in the UK saw their sales increase in the first half of this year, the latest ABC figures have shown.
The figures, which have been published this lunchtime, show the best-performing title in mainland Britain is the Western Morning News, where sales fell just 2.4pc year-on-year.
There were also creditable performances from the Basildon Echo where circulation fell 3.3pc, the Yorkshire Post which had a fall of 4.7pc and the Burton Mail at 4.8pc.
Today’s figures covering the period January to June saw just 14 paid-for newspapers increase their circulation year-on-year, all of them weekly titles.
But there was better news for publishing groups from the online ABCe figures which saw some newspaper websites grow their average daily audiences by upwards of 40pc.
The publication of circulation figures for Archant titles in Norfolk and Suffolk was delayed following the revelation last week that sales had been falsified, which saw Archant Anglia circulation director Don Williamson dismissed.
Its four regional dailies in the two counties were the only daily titles to post sales increases when the last ABC figures were published in February.
Many regional dailies saw double-digit sales falls, including the Nottingham Post with 13.3pc, the Blackpool Gazette with 13.1pc, Manchester Evening News with 13.2pc and the Leicester Mercury with 11.1pc.
A spokesman for MEN publisher Trinity Mirror said: “The ongoing economic downturn continues to present challenges across the entire regional publishing industry. However, we continue to take actions to strengthen our brands across all platforms including our newspapers, websites and mobile sites.”
Other titles which saw large decreases in circulation included Staffordshire’s The Sentinel which was down 10.7pc, the Birmingham Mail, down 10.5pc, the Bristol Post, down 11.9pc and the Wolverhampton-based Express & Star, where sales fell 11.4pc.
The Express & Star however remains Britain’s biggest selling regional daily with an average daily sale of 100,244 – the only title still selling above six figures.