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Sales fall for Northern Ireland paid-for titles

Almost all paid for newspapers across Northern Ireland saw a sales fall in the second half of 2012 according to the latest ABC figures published today.

Only two paid for titles in the region increased their sales year-on-year in the period July to December 2012 – the North Belfast News and the Newtownards Chronicle.

The only other titles to put on sales were all free newspaper, including the Belfast News, the Community Telegraph, and the Lisburn Echo.

The big daily and Sunday titles all saw significant declines with the Belfast Telegraph circulation down 7.9pc and Sunday Life down 11.9pc.

The ABC figures for the mainland regional press will be published on Wednesday (27 February.)

Here is the full list of figures for Northern Ireland:

Daily Newspapers
Belfast Telegraph  49,530 -7.9pc
Irish News – Morning   40,917 -2.4pc
Sunday Journal     2,125 -16.9pc
Sunday Life   47,584 -11.9pc
Ulster – News Letter   21,475 -4.8pc
Weekly Newspapers
Andersonstown News   10,442 -2.9pc
Ballymena Times     3,357 -2.3pc
Banbridge Chronicle     3,983 -8.8pc
Belfast News   29,251 0.3pc
Coleraine Times     5,960 -11.7pc
Community Telegraph East Belfast   34,155 1.9pc
Community Telegraph Group  105,895 1pc
Community Telegraph North Belfast   24,563 1.3pc
Community Telegraph North Down & Ards   24,877 0.5pc
Community Telegraph South Belfast   22,300 -0.2pc
County Derry Post     4,672 -1.8pc
County Down Spectator     8,234 -5.8pc
Derry Journal (Fri)   14,666 -12.3pc
Derry Journal (Tue)   12,629 -12.2pc
Derry Journal Group   43,529 -17.9pc
Derry News – Monday     5,538 -8.2pc
Derry News – Thursday     5,434 -8.2pc
Down Recorder  Not Reported
Fermanagh Herald   12,645 -1.3pc
Impartial Reporter   13,404 -0.5pc
Larne Times     7,615 -8pc
The Leader     3,110 -8.5pc
Lisburn Echo   14,003 1.3pc
Londonderry Sentinel     3,676 -9.4pc
Lurgan Mail     6,254 -9.6pc
Mid Ulster Mail     7,296 -8.7pc
Morton Newspaper Paid Group   55,910 -8.2pc
Mourne Observer     9,768 -5.5pc
Newry Reporter   10,194 -11.3pc
Newtownards Chronicle  & County Down Observer     8,497 0.2pc
North Belfast News     4,371 4.1pc
The North West of Ireland Printing & Publishing News Group   50,440 -2.4pc
The Nuachtain Group of Newspapers   14,813 -0.9pc
Portadown Times     8,618 -4.2pc
River Media Newspapers Group   15,644 -6.4pc
Strabane Chronicle     4,940 -6pc
Tyrone Herald     6,312 -7pc
Tyrone Times     3,224 -5.4pc
Ulster Herald   11,435 -1.5pc
Ulster Herald Group   22,687 -4.1pc
Ulster Star     6,800 -11.7pc


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  • February 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Never mind O’Reilly’s minions, the new-look (bog-standard) Tele website should just about keep this sinking ship afloat a little longer.

    Is it time for another editorial moonlight flit?

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