A regional publisher has announced cover price rises of 5p for six of its weekly newspapers from this week.
Johnston Press has confirmed the pre-Christmas price hikes for five titles in Derbyshire and one title in Nottinghamshire from 9 December.
Cover prices of the Belper News and Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser will rise to 65p, the Ilkeston Advertiser, Matlock Mercury and Ripley & Heanor News will rise to 75p and the Buxton Advertiser will rise to 80p.
It follows a series of price increases for JP’s paid-for newspapers in 2012, which accompanied the roll-out of new templated designs.
The move has been welcomed by the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) because it will be accompanied by pro rata terms for retailers.
“Independent newsagents recognise the importance of local newspapers in their product mix,” said NFRN Yorkshire president Ian Simpson.
“By return, it is right that Sheffield Newspapers recognises this and gives those retailers who stock their publications an early Christmas present in the form of a 5p cover price increase, backed with pro rata terms.”
NFRN news operations committee chairman Alan Smith added: “This is a very welcome move so near to Christmas and we hope that other newspaper publishers will follow this lead.”
Johnston Press declined to comment on the cover price rises.