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ABC figures: How the regional dailies performed

How did your paper perform in the latest ABC figures published today? Here’s the full list of UK regional dailies, ranked in order of the percentage increase or decrease between December 2009 and December 2008.

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  • Newspaper websites see mixed results

  • England

    Dorset Echo 18,396 + 2.1pc

    Peterborough Evening Telegraph 16,531 + 0.6pc

    Eastern Daily Press 59,145 -3.3pc

    Cambridge News 24,077 -4.4pc

    Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph 20,553 -4.5pc

    The News, Portsmouth 47,382 -4.5pc

    Herald Express, Torquay 21,912 -4.6pc

    Swindon Advertiser 19,870 -4.7pc

    Lancashire Evening Post 26,980 -4.7pc

    East Anglian Daily Times 30,950 -5.0pc

    The Echo, Southend, Basildon and Castle Point 32,172 -5.3pc

    Southern Daily Echo 34,900 -5.4pc

    Bournemouth Echo 28,988 -5.7pc

    Sunderland Echo 36,938 -5.7pc

    Yorkshire Evening Post 44,818 -5.7pc

    Northants Chronicle and Echo 17,934 -5.7pc

    Yorkshire Post 43,660 -5.7pc

    Halifax Courier 18,021 -5.8pc

    Evening Gazette, Teesside 43,937 – 5.9pc

    Oxford Mail 22,019 -5.9pc

    The Herald, Plymouth 32,268 -6pc

    Shields Gazette 16,446 -6.1pc

    Lincolnshire Echo 18,943 -6.1pc

    Worcester News 15,466 -6.3pc

    Western Morning News 35,352 -6.5pc

    The Sentinel, Staffordshire 54,287 -6.5pc

    Express and Echo, Exeter 18,053 -6.7pc

    The Citizen, Gloucester 21,897 -6.7pc

    Shropshire Star 63,107 -6.8pc

    Bristol Evening Post 43,247 -7.0pc

    Lancashire Telegraph 26,503 -7.2pc

    Grimsby Telegraph 29,220 -7.3pc

    Burton Mail 12,736 -7.3pc

    Hull Daily Mail 47,985 -7.5pc

    Scarborough Evening News 11,727 -7.5pc

    Express and Star 120,344 -7.6pc

    Huddersfield Daily Examiner 21,525 -7.6pc

    The Gazette, Blackpool 24,877 -7.8pc

    Northern Echo 44,931 -7.9pc

    Gloucestershire Echo 17,320 -8.1pc

    Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph 17,305 -8.1pc

    The Journal, Newcastle 30,147 -8.3pc

    Hartlepool Mail 15,589 -8.6pc

    Derby Telegraph 35,784 -8.6pc

    News and Star, Carlisle (West Cumbria edition) 5,645 -8.6pc

    Wigan Evening Post 7,499 -9.1pc

    The Press, York 28,661 -9.2pc

    Evening Star, Ipswich 15,920 – 9.3pc

    News and Star, Carlisle (East Cumbria edition) 14,138 -9.4pc

    North West Evening Mail 15,994 -9.4pc

    Liverpool Echo 88,519 -9.5pc

    The Argus, Brighton 28,661 -9.7pc

    Newcastle Evening Chronicle 60,554 -9.8pc

    Nottingham Evening Post 46,326 -10.1pc

    Leicester Mercury 58,284 -10.2pc

    Evening Gazette, Colchester 18,385 -10.4pc

    Norwich Evening News 18,831 -10.5pc

    Sheffield Star 42,260 -10.5pc

    Bolton News 24,616 -10.6pc

    Western Daily Press 34,109 -10.7pc

    Coventry Telegraph 38,792 -11.0pc

    Bradford Telegraph and Argus 30,218 -11.2pc

    Oldham Evening Chronicle 16,295 -12.2pc

    Doncaster Star 2,917 -13.8pc

    Birmingham Mail 52,756 -14.3pc

    Liverpool Daily Post 10,222 -20.8pc

  • The Manchester Evening News was not included in the audit for July to December 2009 as it had temporarily withdrawn from ABC auditing at that time. It has today issued a Publisher Statement claiming its independently-audited average daily circulation during the period was 86,794 for Monday-Wednesday, 162,727 for Thursday and Friday, and 66,203 for Saturday. This compares with an average weekly figure of 153,724 for the period July to December 2008.

  • The London Evening Standard is included in the regional ABCs for the first time today. Its average daily circulation in the period under review was 225,158 in July, 235,977 in August, 256,229 in September, 427,310 in October, when it went free, 596,100 in November and 608,533 in December.


    Evening Telegraph, Dundee 22,560 -2.1pc

    Evening Express, Aberdeen 50,947 -2.1pc

    Press and Journal 75,440 -3.4pc

    The Courier, Dundee 65,871 -5.1pc

    Edinburgh Evening News 44,464 – 5.7pc

    Paisley Daily Express 8,313 – 5.9pc

    Greenock Telegraph 15,241 -6.8pc

    Evening Times, Glasgow 59,365 -13.2pc


    Daily Post, North Wales 32,804 -5.0pc

    South Wales Argus 25,035 – 7.6pc

    Evening Leader, Wrexham 18,363 – 8.5pv

    South Wales Evening Post 43,664 – 8.8pc

    Western Mail 30,133 -10.6pc

    South Wales Echo 36,928 -11.1pc

    Northern Ireland

    News Letter, Belfast 24,555 -2.8pc

    Irish News 45,667 – 4.5pc

    Belfast Telegraph 66,242 – 4.6pc

    Channel Islands

    Guernsey Press & Star 15,338 -2.5pc

    Jersey Evening Post 19,520, -2.7pc


    SteveP (25/02/2010 15:53:49)
    Well these figures should be sending shock waves across the whole industry and not just in print!
    As stated online has a mixed bag with some doing well and others not looking as strong.
    Mind you knowing that these publishers has spent millions driving their online portfolios is it actually that good? Lets be honest there certainly is not the “mother load” that many publishers had hoped for. Yes you have seen “growth” in users but lets look at the real revenue gains to off set the major in print revenue decline.

    Dead Cities (26/02/2010 12:15:20)
    To see a dying city like Stoke on Trent overtake a one million population city like Birmingham in newspaper sales in quite staggering!

    Bean Counter (26/02/2010 13:27:37)
    Surely ‘dead cities’ are the perfect demographic for regional dailies?
    Given a choice between 42p Mail or the 33p Sentinel – surely Dyson should decide.