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ABC Figures: Small number of weeklies post rise

A handful of paid-for weeklies posted circulation increases in the latest round of ABC figures, with one shooting up 75.8pc.

The Ellon Times and Inverurie Herald Series saw its average weekly sales figures rise to 3,559 for the six-months ending June 2009, compared with the same period in 2008.

Other titles to welcome rises include the Mearns Leader and Kincardineshire Observer, which went up 17.8pc year-on-year, and the Shrewsbury Chronicle with a 45.1pc rise, although this is the first audit since it adopted the part paid-for, part-free model in April.

Archant’s Weston and Somerset Mercury saw a rise of 4.4pc, with circulation up to 15,817, and the Uttoxeter Post and Times went up 1.2pc.

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  • Below is the list of weeklies which either stayed at zero or posted increases for the period January to June 2009, compared with the first half of last year, and its rise as a percentage. All titles are 100pc paid-for unless otherwise stated:

    Ellon Times and Inverurie Herald 3,559, +75.8pc

    Mearns Leader and Kincardineshire Observer, 4,998, +17.8pc

    Tyrone Times 3,435, +15.3pc

    Coleraine Times 7,452, +6.4pc

    Cheadle and Post Times 1,932 +4.5pc

    Hebden Bridge Times 3,426, +4.1pc

    Exmouth Journal 8,553, 2.1pc

    Uttoxeter Post and Times 3,657, +1.2pc

    Brighouse Echo 6,587, +0.4pc

    Littlehampton Gazette 9,891 0pc

    Strabane Chronicle 5,548, 0pc

    Shrewsbury Chronicle Series 21,377, +45.1pc (51.2pc paid-for)

    Dover Express 10,857, +19pc (79pc paid-for)

    Weston and Somerset Mercury 15,817 +4.4pc (96.9pc paid-for)

    East Kent Gazette 11,672, +4.4pc (82.6pc paid-for)


    BarryJesus (28/08/2009 16:28:38)
    Where are the rest of the weeklies? We’re a big part of the industry you know

    R McGeddon (02/09/2009 16:49:11)
    Nah we’re not important, what with sales going up across the country on papers that TRY.
    Disater and gloom on the dailies, thats what’s interesting.