A daily newspaper marking its 200th anniversary has topped the circulation charts for the first half of 2017.
Today’s six-monthly ABC figures revealed The Scotsman experienced a 4.5pc increase in circulation compared the first half of last year, and a 9.1pc rise compared with six months ago.
The statistics for January to June showed that no other regional newspapers saw increases, when compared with the corresponding period in 2016.
The Irish News, however, did experience a 1.1pc circulation increase compared to the second half of last year.
For the the Belfast-based daily, whcih also featured in the ABC’s Island of Ireland statistics last week, 99.9pc of its circulation was drawn from retail, single copy and subscription sales, compared to 75pc of The Scotsman’s.
News editor Noel Doran said: “Two ABC reports in the space of a week have now confirmed that our circulation performance, in terms of paid-for sales, ranks as the best in Ireland and the UK.
“We are hugely encouraged that, during a period when we have reported on major news developments in our area, our audience has been increasing both in print and digitally over the last year.”
The Colchester Daily Gazette and its South Essex Newsquest sister daily The Echo were the two highest-placed English titles on the list, with declines of -3.5pc and -5.6pc respectively.
Wolverhampton’s Express & Star has the highest circulation of any newspaper for which figures were reported, at 51,202.
According to the results, the Scotsman’s circulation currently stands at 21,214.
The paper marked its bicentenary in January, while the newspaper has also changed editors during the past six months – with Frank O’Donnell taking over from Ian Stewart in April.
The full list of regional dailies, in order of year-on-year percentage change, is as follows:
|Colchester Daily Gazette||9,525||-3.5|
|Paisley Daily Express||4,720||-5.3|
|The Echo, Essex||17,932||-5.6|
|South Wales Argus||10,578||-6.8|
|Aberdeen Press & Journal||49,475||-8.8|
|The Press, York||14,075||-8.8|
|The Bolton News||9,271||-8.9|
|The Argus Brighton||10,370||-9.2|
|The Courier, Dundee||37,142||-9.9|
|Bradford Telegraph & Argus||13,264||-10.5|
|South Wales Evening Post||20,166||-10.7|
|Southern Daily Echo||15,620||-10.8|
|Hull Daily Mail||25,437||-11.3|
|Aberdeen Evening Express||23,960||-12.7|
|East Anglian Daily Times||14,857||-12.7|
|The Sentinel, Stoke||25,181||-12.8|
|Glasgow Evening Times||22,397||-12.8|
|South Wales Echo||14,134||-13|
|Express & Star, Wolverhampton||51,202||-13.6|
|The News, Portsmouth||17,940||-13.8|
|Oldham Evening Chronicle||6,408||-13.8|
|Eastern Daily Press||31,514||-13.9|
|Dundee Evening Telegraph||13,977||-14.5|
|Yorkshire Evening Post||15,192||-16|
|Norwich Evening News||8,117||-16.1|
|Carlisle News and Star East||6,126||-16.2|
|The Mail, Barrow||7,026||-16.9|
|Manchester Evening News||41,995||-18.9|
|Carlisle News and Star West||2,256||-19.1|