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ABC figures: All the figures for the weekly frees

Like their paid-for counterparts, many of the free weeklies have now opted to be audited annually,.

This means their circulation figures will now appear only once a year, in February, and will cover the whole of the previous year.

Of those predominantly paid-for titles that opted to continue with six-monthly audits, the best-performing was the Devon-based Star which saw its circulation rise by 23.6pc.

Appearing on the list for the first time are Archant London’s monthly ‘Resident’ titles which it says is the industry’s first “luxury letterbox magazine” to join ABC.

The Resident portfolio, featuring 13 luxury lifestyle titles, are hand-delivered to over 350,000 of the most affluent households in London, as well as Michelin-starred restaurants,  five star hotels, high-end luxury retailers and leading estate agents.

Archant London MD, Will Hattam said: “The independent verification of our titles by ABC is a key stage in the development of both our portfolio and the luxury free magazine market in Central London.”

Here is the full list of figures for those free weeklies that took part in the audit, ranked in order of circulation increase or decrease.


Title Jun-13 % Free Change
The Star 18,463 100pc 23.6pc
Diss Mercury 15,079 99.3pc 20.4pc
Newbury & Thatcham Advertiser 14,975 100pc 11.1pc
Haverhill Weekly News 10,946 98.6pc 10.6pc
Newbury Weekly News (Free editions) 2,245 100pc 8.9pc
Royston Weekly News 13,164 99.7pc 8.9pc
Inverness Scene 16,084 100pc 7.4pc
Hereford Journal 39,114 99.4pc 7.3pc
Stowmarket Mercury 11,871 100pc 5.4pc
Champion 163,140 100pc 5.3pc
Newmarket Weekly News 11,391 99.5pc 4.8pc
Slough & Windsor Express 43,882 95.2pc 3.4pc
Harlow Star 35,735 98.9pc 3.3pc
The Advertiser – Yarmouth Edition 42,420 100pc 2.9pc
Redditch Standard 40,279 100pc 2.1pc
Saffron Walden Weekly News 19,654 99.6pc 1.6pc
Cambridge News & Crier Now 39,010 100pc 1.4pc
Nailsea, Clevedon, Portishead Times 34,128 99pc 1.3pc
Evesham Observer 16,333 100pc 1.2pc
Wellingborough & Rushden Herald & Post 14,120 100pc 1.2pc
Nuneaton News 30,285 100pc 1.1pc
Solihull Observer 53,996 100pc 1.1pc
Northampton Herald & Post 48,289 99.7pc 1pc
Walsall Chronicle 47,975 99.7pc 1pc
Hitchin, Letchworth and Baldock Advertiser 40,839 100pc 0.8pc
Bedfordshire on Sunday 78,189 99.6pc 0.7pc
Bristol Observer – South West Bristol 39,177 100pc 0.4pc
Luton on Sunday 68,243 100pc 0.3pc
News & Crier 45,000 99.7pc 0.3pc
Saffron Walden Reporter 16,530 98.7pc 0.3pc
Dearne Valley Weekender 54,353 100pc 0.3pc
Bristol Observer, South Gloucs 43,041 100pc 0.2pc
Ely News 13,643 93.6pc 0.2pc
Halesowen Chronicle 28,076 100pc 0.2pc
Bristol Observer, East, Kingswood &  Keynsham Observer 67,769 100pc 0.1pc
Great Barr Observer 20,243 100pc 0.1pc
Sutton Coldfield Observer 50,683 99pc 0.1pc
Stourbridge Chronicle 38,142 100pc 0pc
Walsall Advertiser 46,771 99.7pc 0pc
Beverley Advertiser 18,598 100pc 0pc
Goole Courier 13,186 100pc 0pc
The Chester & District Standard 51,190 100pc -0.1pc
Stevenage Advertiser 32,112 100pc -0.1pc
Bedford Borough Times & Citizen 64,054 99.8pc -0.2pc
Biggleswade Advertiser 13,431 100pc -0.2pc
Shrewsbury Admag 40,573 100pc -0.2pc
North Wales Pioneer 25,200 99.3pc -0.2pc
Wymondham & Attleborough Mercury 13,763 98pc -0.3pc
The Advertiser, Waveney Edition 44,267 100pc -0.3pc
Wrexham Leader 30,141 99.3pc -0.3pc
Aberdeen Citizen 52,892 100pc -0.3pc
Mid Beds Times & Citizen 17,516 100pc -0.4pc
The Ellesmere Port Standard 24,737 99.7pc -0.4pc
Exmouth Herald 16,673 100pc -0.4pc
Thetford & Watton Times 18,686 96.1pc -0.4pc
Bury St Edmunds Mercury 22,963 100pc -0.4pc
Sudbury Mercury 13,633 100pc -0.4pc
Cambs Times 12,529 90.7pc -0.5pc
Coastal Scene 10,245 100pc -0.5pc
The Flintshire Standard 19,888 100pc -0.5pc
The Rhyl, Prestatyn & Abergele Journal 26,050 93.4pc -0.5pc
North Devon Gazette 42,671 96.6pc -0.6pc
Dunmow Broadcast 12,409 98.8pc -0.6pc
Bromsgrove Standard 32,330 100pc -0.6pc
Community Telegraph North Down & Ards 24,866 100pc -0.7pc
Wisbech Standard 10,380 84.2pc -0.9pc
Shrewsbury Chronicle 33,134 89.8pc -0.9pc
Lichfield Mercury 34,493 97.4pc -0.9pc
Community Telegraph East Belfast 33,760 100pc -0.9pc
Community Telegraph North Belfast 24,431 100pc -0.9pc
Oswestry and Border Chronicle 11,433 97.5pc -1pc
The Sentinel Advertiser 73,249 100pc -1.1pc
Rotherham Record 59,883 100pc -1.1pc
Worcester Standard 30,245 100pc -1.3pc
The Journal 24,894 100pc -1.3pc
Leamington Spa Observer 27,691 100pc -1.3pc
North Wales Chronicle 29,839 98.7pc -1.3pc
Stevenage Comet 30,985 98.4pc -1.8pc
Cannock Chronicle 53,215 99.5pc -1.9pc
Midweek – Weston Super Mare 29,586 100pc -2pc
Maidenhead Advertiser (Free editions) 1,050 100pc -2.1pc
Community Telegraph South Belfast 22,150 100pc -2.2pc
Ashby Mail 7,292 100pc -2.7pc
Rugby Observer 30,937 100pc -2.8pc
Stratford upon Avon Observer 15,015 100pc -2.8pc
Hereford Admag 47,446 100pc -2.9pc
Mercury Extra 56,383 100pc -3pc
Hitchin Comet 18,316 98.1pc -3.1pc
Herts & Lea Valley Star 26,725 100pc -3.3pc
Sandwell & Great Barr Chronicle 44,558 99.7pc -3.6pc
Herald & Post – Luton & Dunstable 74,598 99.9pc -4pc
Coventry Observer 58,477 100pc -4.1pc
Hunts Post 40,482 95.5pc -4.2pc
Coalville Mail 14,316 100pc -4.2pc
Letchworth GC & Baldock Comet 20,039 98.2pc -4.5pc
Northern Scot Mid Week Extra 21,325 100pc -4.5pc
Milton Keynes Citizen 94,540 99.8pc -4.8pc
Welwyn Hatfield Times, Potters Bar 998 100pc -5.3pc
Dudley Chronicle 35,921 99.9pc -6.2pc
The Advertiser – Norwich Edition 52,261 100pc -6.5pc
Telford Journal 41,567 98.8pc -6.6pc
The Herts Advertiser, St Albans &  Harpenden  40,385 96.5pc -6.9pc
North Yorkshire News 26,887 100pc -7.1pc
MK News 81,502 99.8pc -8.6pc
KM Extra (Thanet) 29,944 99.3pc -9.1pc
Royston Crow 12,443 94.5pc -9.5pc
Woking Informer 24,681 100pc -9.7pc
Bolton Journal 31,556 100pc -10.5pc
Wolverhampton Chronicle 48,405 99.5pc -11pc
Surrey Times 22,739 100pc -13pc
Hull and East Riding Advertiser 58,759 100pc -13.3pc
Advertiser 33,634 100pc -13.7pc
Stretford & Urmston Messenger 20,412 99.2pc -14.6pc
KM Extra (Canterbury) 29,197 100pc -17.6pc
Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle 55,540 98.3pc -18.6pc
Telegraph Lite 55,897 100pc -20.3pc
Messenger Extra, Gravesend, Dartford & Swanley 23,134 100pc -22.3pc
The Cumbrian Gazette (East) 26,137 100pc -26.6pc
The Barnsley Independent 42,074 100pc -27.4pc
The Cumbrian Gazette (West) 19,517 100pc -27.7pc
Nottingham & Long Eaton Topper 147,396 100pc -30.4pc
KM Extra (Medway) 31,855 100pc -30.8pc
KM Extra (Maidstone) 15,222 100pc -32.1pc
Sheffield Weekly Gazette 44,681 100pc -47.7pc
Eckington Leader 8,911 100pc -53pc
KM Extra (Folkestone and Hythe) 8,968 100pc -64.1pc
KM Extra Ashford 8,539 100pc N/A
The Hill 36,154 100pc N/A
The Resident 45,106 100pc N/A
SW Resident 50,295 100pc N/A
Barnsley Independent Today South 30,937 100pc N/A