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Weekly set for pre-Christmas cover price rise

A weekly newspaper is set to increase its cover price by 10p from next week.

The price of the North Devon Journal will rise to £1.10 from 12 December, according to the National Federation of Retail Newsagents.

The NRFN has welcomed the move by regional publisher Local World, because it is accompanied by a pro-rata increase in terms for newsagents.

Its pre-Christmas cover price rise will affect all four editions of the Journal, for Barnstaple, Bideford, Ilfracombe and Holsworthy.

Alan Smith, chairman of the NFRN’s news operations committee, said: “In these economically challenging times it is good to see that Local World recognises the need to maintain pro rata terms for news retailers on its North Devon weekly newspaper and for that very reason I applaud them.

“I trust that moving forward it will become the norm for all Local World cover price increases to be accompanied by pro rata increases in terms.”

Local World declined to comment.