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ABCs: No circulation increases for UK’s Sunday or weekly newspapers

Sunday newspapers continued to experience circulation declines over the first half of 2017, according to today’s ABC figures.

Both Glasgow’s Sunday Herald and Belfast’s Sunday Life felt a drop in circulation over the period when compared with January to June 2016.

Sunday Life’s figures were also featured in the ABC’s Island of Ireland statistics, which were published last week.

They were among nine Sunday and weekly titles to have their full figures published because most of the big regional publishers opt for annual figures, which were released in February.

Two of the weeklies which submitted figures, the Walsall Advertiser and Great Barr Observer, merged in January.


They retain separate editions for each patch featuring a localised front page and sports coverage, and are now known as either known as the ‘Walsall Advertiser incorporating the Great Barr Observer’ or ‘the Great Barr Observer incorporating the Walsall Advertiser’ depending on where it is distributed.

The full list of weeklies and Sunday newspapers, in order of year-on-year percentage change, is as follows:

Title Total Y-o-y pc
Aberdeen Citizen 40,439 -5.5
Sunday Life 36,046 -6
Cumberland & Westmorland Herald 12,491 -6.2
Isle of Wight County Press 23,927 -7.4
Sunday Herald 19,859 -8.1
Surrey & Hants Star Courier 34,067 N/A
Walsall Advertiser 28,535 N/A
Great Barr Observer 15,724 N/A
Blackburn Post 9,449 N/A