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Regional ABCs: Archant weeklies show biggest circulation growth

wanstead-recorderRegional publisher Archant scored a series of double-digit circulation increases for its weekly titles in the latest ABC figures.

Average circulation figures for the period July to December 2016 saw Archant-owned titles top the league tables in both the paid-for and free weekly categories.

Best-performing paid-for was the Ilford Recorder, which posted a 25.2pc circulation rise compared to the same period the previous year, although almost half of its copies were distributed free.

Including only weekly titles where 100pc of the copies are paid-for, the Newsquest-owned Knutsford Guardian comes out on top, with a 23.3pc rise.

In terms of free weeklies, two of Archant’s North London titles top the list, with the Wanstead and Woodford Recorder up 41.2pc and the Islington Gazette up 17.9pc.

Newsquest’s Advertiser series, which circulates alongside daily flagship The Northern Echo in the North-East, also performed strongly, with the Durham. Chester-le-Street, North Yorkshire and Consett-Stanley editions all showing circulation growth.

Full figures for paid-for weeklies, in order of circulation increase, are as follows.  Scroll down for the list of free weeklies.

Title Total YoY% % Paid
Ilford Recorder 5,130 25.2 52.6
Knutsford Guardian 4,444 23.3 100
Welwyn Hatfield Times 8,589 7.5 81.6
Romford Recorder 11,145 3.5 76.2
Henley and South Oxfordshire Standard 8,998 -0.2 86.7
East Lothian Courier 10,229 -0.4 100
Wishaw Press 4,942 -1.4 100
Rutherglen Reformer 2,290 -2.1 100
Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News 2,205 -3.2 100
The Huntly Express 2,036 -3.6 100
Ludlow Advertiser 3,166 -3.7 100
Stirling Observer (Fri) 2,305 -3.7 100
Wharfedale & Aireborough Observer 2,745 -3.9 100
Rotherham & South Yorkshire Advertiser 20,101 -4 94.9
Annandale Observer 4,595 -4.2 100
The Banffshire Herald 1,473 -4.4 100
Arran Banner 2,759 -4.8 100
Stranraer & Wigtownshire Free Press 5,696 -5.1 100
Strathearn Herald 1,378 -5.2 100
Fermanagh Herald 10,254 -5.3 100
Stirling Observer (Wed) 5,194 -5.4 100
Annandale Herald and Moffat News 3,125 -5.6 100
Boston Target 7,981 -5.6 98.8
Goole Times (Incorporating Selby Times) 13,750 -5.7 100
Yorkshire – Gazette & Herald 7,628 -5.8 100
John O’Groat Journal 5,397 -5.9 100
Sleaford Target 3,309 -5.9 100
Impartial Reporter 10,762 -6 100
Isle of Wight County Press 25,173 -6.1 100
Stroud News & Journal 7,555 -6.1 100
Hexham Courant 11,111 -6.3 100
Cumberland & Westmorland Herald 12,930 -6.5 99.9
Milford Mercury 1,814 -6.5 100
Dumfries & Galloway Standard (Wed) 5,514 -6.6 100
Campbeltown Courier & Argyllshire Advertiser 5,166 -6.7 100
Craven Herald & Pioneer 9,377 -6.7 100
Great Yarmouth Mercury 11,305 -6.7 100
Blairgowrie Advertiser 1,361 -6.8 100
Folkestone & Hythe Express 1,560 -6.8 100
The Galloway News 5,252 -6.8 100
Caithness Courier 4,062 -6.9 100
Warrington Guardian 14,278 -6.9 99.9
Peeblesshire News 3,345 -7 100
Sittingbourne News Extra 4,310 -7 100
Mid Somerset Journal 6,109 -7.2 100
Beccles & Bungay Journal 4,060 -7.3 100
Dumfries & Galloway Standard (Fri) 9,407 -7.3 100
Faversham News 1,893 -7.4 100
Sheerness Times Guardian 5,061 -7.6 100
Harwich & Manningtree Standard 4,765 -7.7 100
Reading Chronicle 7,217 -7.7 83.5
Hereford Times 19,747 -7.8 100
Romsey Advertiser 5,054 -7.8 100
Guardian (Northwich, Winsford & Middlewich) 9,083 -8 100
Hampshire Chronicle 7,973 -8 100
Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter 1,928 -8.2 100
Halstead Gazette 3,386 -8.3 100
Leek Post & Times 8,448 -8.3 100
South Wales Guardian 4,157 -8.3 100
Helensburgh Advertiser 3,717 -8.4 100
Oban Times 10,634 -8.4 100
Andover Advertiser 7,602 -8.5 100
Central Fife Times & Advertiser 3,454 -8.5 100
Salisbury Journal 13,858 -8.5 100
Wilts & Glos Standard 6,799 -8.6 100
Bridport News 5,924 -8.7 100
Ilkley Gazette 3,204 -8.8 100
Cumberland News 18,081 -9 100
Sunday Life 36,467 -9 98.8
Retford Times 5,562 -9.3 100
Gloucestershire Gazette 8,094 -9.4 100
The Mid Devon Gazette 6,943 -9.4 100
Tivy-Side Advertiser 4,756 -9.4 100
Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald 6,805 -9.5 100
Border Telegraph 2,777 -9.5 100
Epping Forest Guardian 4,073 -9.5 74.2
Essex County Standard 10,549 -9.5 100
Bury Times 9,428 -9.6 100
Dunfermline Press & West of Fife Advertiser 10,156 -9.6 100
Maldon & Burnham Standard 5,415 -9.6 100
Malvern Gazette 8,839 -9.7 100
Clydebank Post 4,173 -9.9 100
Herne Bay Gazette 1,763 -9.9 100
Macclesfield Express 7,063 -9.9 100
Western Telegraph 11,089 -10 100
Accrington Observer 6,178 -10.1 100
Ashbourne News Telegraph 4,020 -10.1 100
Bucks Free Press 11,625 -10.1 82.6
Perthshire Advertiser (Fri) 6,853 -10.1 100
Prestwich and Whitefield Guide 1,347 -10.1 100
The Banffshire Advertiser 2,226 -10.1 100
Ayrshire Post 14,207 -10.3 100
Barry & District News 3,229 -10.3 100
Braintree & Witham Times 7,494 -10.3 100
Scunthorpe Telegraph 14,456 -10.3 99.1
Sevenoaks Chronicle 6,760 -10.3 100
Witney Gazette 4,736 -10.3 100
Bicester Advertiser 2,770 -10.4 100
Darlington & Stockton Times 15,538 -10.4 100
Keighley News 7,320 -10.4 100
Kentish Express 8,856 -10.4 100
Surrey Mirror 8,042 -10.4 100
Barnsley Chronicle 23,258 -10.5 100
West Cumberland Times & Star 9,875 -10.5 100
Basingstoke Gazette 8,054 -10.7 100
Largs & Millport Weekly News 3,339 -10.7 100
Strathspey & Badenoch Herald 3,166 -10.7 100
Wiltshire Times 7,688 -10.7 99.4
Clacton Gazette 10,506 -10.8 100
Irvine Times 2,073 -10.8 100
Lincolnshire Echo 14,150 -10.8 99.6
North Norfolk News 4,832 -10.8 100
Rossendale Free Press 6,425 -10.8 100
Frome Standard 3,915 -10.9 100
Kentish Gazette 7,113 -11 100
Mid Somerset Gazette 5,914 -11 100
Falmouth & Helston Packet 5,033 -11.1 100
Cumnock Chronicle 3,948 -11.2 100
Dereham & Fakenham Times 4,440 -11.2 100
Whitehaven News 8,361 -11.2 100
Croydon Advertiser 6,964 -11.3 100
East Kent Mercury 7,701 -11.4 100
Penarth Times 3,313 -11.4 100
Black Country Bugle 7,713 -11.6 100
Somerset Guardian 4,419 -11.6 100
Westmorland Gazette 17,724 -11.6 100
Chard & Ilminster News 3,644 -11.7 100
Lennox Herald 5,633 -11.7 100
Paisley & Renfrewshire Gazette 3,247 -11.7 97.5
East Kilbride News 5,067 -11.8 100
Essex Chronicle 16,689 -11.8 98.8
Perthshire Advertiser (Tue) 3,203 -11.8 100
Surrey Advertiser 16,883 -11.8 100
Ross-shire Journal 4,731 -11.9 100
Somerset County Gazette 12,317 -11.9 100
Inverness Courier (Fri) 8,603 -12 100
Kent Messenger 23,400 -12 100
Uttoxeter Advertiser 2,701 -12 100
Kilmarnock Standard (Ayrshire Weekly News and Irvine Valley News) 8,459 -12.1 100
Staffordshire Newsletter 8,461 -12.1 100
The Watford Observer 9,971 -12.1 91.1
West Briton 18,816 -12.1 100
Ayr Advertiser 2,273 -12.2 100
Lowestoft Journal 9,559 -12.3 100
Sidmouth Herald 4,984 -12.3 100
Northern Times 2,767 -12.4 100
Hinckley Times 8,093 -12.5 100
Hamilton Advertiser 9,621 -12.6 100
Cornishman 10,257 -12.7 100
Dover Express 4,706 -12.7 100
Forres Gazette 1,999 -12.7 100
Crewe Chronicle 7,830 -12.8 100
Gravesend & Dartford Messenger 3,725 -12.8 100
Bridgwater Mercury 6,988 -13 100
The West Lothian Courier 6,410 -13 100
Carmarthen Journal 9,759 -13.1 100
Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser 7,086 -13.5 100
Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser 5,907 -13.5 100
The Herald 6,487 -13.6 100
The Oxford Times 8,039 -13.8 100
Western Gazette 15,111 -13.8 100
Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 5,035 -13.9 100
Gazette & Herald 11,533 -13.9 100
Northern Scot 8,948 -13.9 100
Stockport Express 6,378 -14 100
Isle of Thanet Gazette 7,810 -14.1 100
Medway Messenger (Monday) 4,197 -14.1 100
Rochdale Observer (Sat) 8,848 -14.1 100
Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury 10,809 -14.1 100
Inverness Courier (Tue) 5,960 -14.3 100
Free Press Monmouthshire & Pontypool 3,466 -14.7 100
Brentwood Gazette 8,916 -14.8 66.5
Chester Chronicle 8,334 -14.9 100
Slough Eton & Windsor Observer 3,880 -14.9 78
North Devon Journal 15,761 -15 100
Bracknell News 3,027 -15.1 78.5
Torquay Herald Express 16,411 -15.1 100
Kent and Sussex Courier 15,806 -15.4 98.7
Llanelli Star 7,747 -15.5 100
Rochdale Observer (Wed) 5,016 -15.5 100
Irvine Herald and Kilwinning Chronicle 3,657 -15.7 100
Sunday Herald 21,071 -15.7 100
Cornish Guardian 14,286 -15.8 100
East Lindsey Target 4,083 -15.9 100
Bath Chronicle 9,435 -16.3 100
Herts & Essex Observer 6,909 -16.3 99.8
Exmouth Journal 5,461 -16.6 100
North Star 2,191 -16.6 100
Barking & Dagenham Post 4,271 -17.2 85.9
Hackney Gazette 1,778 -17.2 91.8
Ham & High Broadway 595 -17.2 99.3
Aldershot News & Mail 5,457 -17.4 100
Banffshire Journal 2,658 -17.7 100
Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News 5,523 -17.8 100
Loughborough Echo 9,018 -17.9 100
Middleton & North Manchester Guardian 2,583 -18 100
North Wales Weekly News 6,408 -18 100
Holyhead and Bangor Mail 4,130 -18.7 100
Tamworth Herald 11,333 -19.4 100
East Grinstead Courier 3,339 -19.9 100
Waltham Forest Guardian 2,921 -20.1 98.2
Heywood Advertiser 1,981 -20.8 100
Highland News 3,870 -21.3 100
Glamorgan Gazette 5,637 -22.4 100
Ormskirk Advertiser 2,357 -23.7 100
Southport Visiter 4,106 -23.7 100
Bucks Advertiser & Examiner 4,616 -24.1 100
Cynon Valley Leader 1,975 -24.6 100
Caernarfon & Denbigh Herald 4,863 -24.7 100
Rhondda Leader 2,625 -24.7 100
Scotland on Sunday 16,209 -26.5 99.2
Pontypridd & Llantrisant Observer 2,024 -28.6 100
Gwent Gazette 1,646 -28.8 100
Ellesmere Port Pioneer 1,143 -29.1 100
Merthyr Express 3,607 -30.1 100
Birmingham Post 4,132 -38.1 76.8
Bridgnorth Journal 5,250 N/A 100
Exeter – Express & Echo (Monday) 5,501 N/A 100
Exeter – Express & Echo (Thursday) 12,268 N/A 100
Hertfordshire Mercury 10,945 N/A 100
Liverpool Sunday Echo 17,100 N/A 95.2
New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times 15,590 N/A 100
Newcastle Sunday Sun 23,486 N/A 100
Newport Advertiser 4,970 N/A 100
South Shropshire Journal 5,499 N/A 100
Sunday Mercury 16,234 N/A 100
Wales on Sunday 11,608 N/A 100
West Highland Free Press 6,063 N/A 100

Full figures for free weeklies, in order of circulation growth, are as follows:

Title Total YoY% % Free
Wanstead & Woodford Recorder 4,277 41.2 97.6
Islington Gazette 6,746 17.9 78.9
Durham Advertiser 21,698 5.1 100
Chester-Le-Street Advertiser 14,101 3.9 100
Inverness Scene 12,965 3.4 100
North Yorkshire Advertiser 19,708 2.2 100
Mayfair Times 21,218 1.8 100
Solihull News 47,431 1.8 99.2
Consett-Stanley Advertiser 23,341 1.5 100
Champion 164,336 0.1 100
Great Barr Observer 16,186 0 99.9
Hackney Today 91,687 0 100
Waltham Forest News 97,161 0 100
Uxbridge & West Drayton Gazette 25,317 -0.1 100
Hitchin Comet 18,519 -0.2 98.5
Sutton Coldfield Observer 44,180 -0.2 99.3
Cambs Times 12,166 -0.4 94
Lichfield Mercury 29,049 -0.6 98.3
North Somerset Times 37,023 -0.7 98.5
Redditch & Alcester Advertiser 38,670 -0.7 99.6
Wisbech Standard 9,692 -0.7 90.8
Campaign 20,304 -0.9 100
Rotherham Record 51,480 -1.4 100
Wymondham & Attleborough Mercury 13,458 -1.4 98.9
Coastal Scene 9,327 -1.5 100
Surrey & Hants Star Courier 41,382 -1.8 100
Diss Mercury 15,327 -2 99.5
Saffron Walden Reporter 16,590 -2 98.5
Bromley Times 4,865 -2.1 99.7
The Advertiser – Waveney Edition 42,515 -2.1 100
Wear Valley Advertiser 14,040 -2.1 100
Romford and Havering Post 16,354 -2.2 100
Brentwood Recorder 2,331 -2.5 97.6
Dunmow Broadcast 12,251 -2.5 98.8
The Evesham and Cotswold Journal 25,032 -2.5 82.4
Stourbridge News 45,802 -2.7 99.5
Bexley Times 15,213 -2.8 98.9
Dumfries Courier 20,220 -2.9 98.6
Kent On Sunday 42,234 -2.9 100
Thetford & Watton Times 18,205 -2.9 97.1
Hunts Post 39,050 -3 96
Letchworth GC & Baldock Comet 19,544 -3 98.7
Nuneaton News 27,460 -3 100
Royston Crow 11,872 -3 95.9
Worcester Journal (Berrows) 38,713 -3 99.6
The Shuttle 33,389 -3.2 92.5
Ealing & Acton Gazette 21,718 -3.3 95.4
The Advertiser – Yarmouth Edition 40,507 -3.4 100
Stevenage Comet 28,991 -3.5 98.9
Dearne Valley Weekender 47,912 -3.6 100
Bromsgrove Standard 36,967 -3.9 100
Wood and Vale 5,780 -3.9 97.5
Halesowen News 32,623 -4 99.7
The Reporter 27,544 -4.1 99.6
Ely Standard 5,505 -4.3 59.7
Bracknell & Wokingham Weekender 22,391 -4.4 100
North Devon Gazette 39,542 -4.6 97.4
Ham and High Express 8,492 -4.7 68.6
Brent and Kilburn Times 14,208 -5.2 94.2
Midweek – Weston Super Mare 27,834 -5.2 100
Exmouth Herald 14,593 -5.4 99.9
Crewe and Nantwich Guardian 22,025 -5.5 99.9
The London Magazine 68,849 -5.7 99.7
Stowmarket Mercury 11,921 -6.2 100
The Herts Advertiser 37,263 -6.2 96.3
Walsall Advertiser 40,009 -6.5 99.9
Redditch & Alcester Standard 38,061 -7 100
Wanstead & Woodford Guardian 3,057 -7.2 65.4
Bury St Edmunds Mercury 22,124 -7.5 100
Darlington Aycliffe and Sedgefield Advertiser 27,515 -7.5 100
Ulverston and South Lakes Citizen 8,324 -8 100
Stretford & Urmston Messenger 17,355 -9.6 99.3
Midweek (Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead) 33,668 -9.7 100
Docklands & East London Advertiser 6,181 -10.2 90.8
Wirral Globe 88,204 -10.2 99.1
Sale & Altrincham Messenger 34,783 -11 98.1
Northern Scot Mid Week Extra 16,386 -11.3 100
Leigh, Tyldesley & Atherton Journal 31,121 -11.8 97
Solihull Observer 49,372 -13.8 100
Stratford upon Avon Observer 13,878 -13.9 100
Chorley & Leyland Citizen 18,166 -15.2 100
St. Helens Star 56,119 -15.5 98.4
Worcester Observer 41,131 -15.7 100
Fife & Kinross Extra 13,241 -17.7 100
Coventry Observer 44,420 -17.9 100
Evesham Observer 13,399 -17.9 100
Warrington Midweek 19,075 -18.4 100
Times (Faversham, Whitstable & Herne Bay and Canterbury) 21,940 -19 95.8
Paisley People 2,854 -19.2 100
Rugby Observer 20,460 -21.9 100
Leamington Spa Observer 17,433 -22.6 100
Runcorn and Widnes World 21,352 -22.7 99.7
Aberdeen Citizen 40,536 -23.4 100
Stroud Life 9,091 -23.8 72.7
Folkestone Herald 12,975 -24.2 53.9
Sudbury Mercury 9,965 -27.3 100
Post Lite 63,461 -33.5 100
Advertiser 18,324 100
Bedfordshire on Sunday 55,595 100
Beverley Advertiser 18,608 100
Biggleswade, Sandy & Potton Comet 10,068 99.4
Bristol Observer 54,972 100
Bromsgrove Advertiser/Droitwich Spa Advertiser 37,561 99.2
Cannock Chronicle 50,504 99.6
Chronicle and Informer 33,831 100
Dudley Chronicle 34,968 99.9
Dudley News 20,125 100
Halesowen Chronicle 27,854 100
KM Extra (Canterbury) 20,281 100
KM Extra (Medway) 25,663 100
KM Extra (Thanet) 40,969 99.5
Manchester Weekly News 248,264 99.4
Messenger Extra (Gravesend, Dartford and Swanley) 19,471 100
Midweek Mercury (Hitchin) 32,478 100
Midweek Visiter 56,683 100
Newham Recorder 17,755 89.8
Norwich Extra 59,088 100
Oswestry and Border Chronicle 11,197 99.1
Reading Midweek 36,951 100
Sandwell Chronicle 43,230 99.8
Shrewsbury Chronicle 31,421 93.4
Stourbridge Chronicle 37,902 100
Teesside Herald & Post 64,568 100
Telford Journal 41,143 99.3
The Post (Bolton) 11,612 100
Walsall Chronicle 43,709 99.9
Wolverhampton Chronicle 47,804 99.9

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  • February 23, 2017 at 3:33 pm
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    Misleading headline here, yes the Archant London papers have shown growth but the core weeklies in their main areas in Norfolk have all but imploded with the Yarmouth paper down almost 7% and the Lowestoft paid for dropped to little over 9,000 copies with the two main county paid for papers in the low 4,000s

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  • February 23, 2017 at 4:32 pm
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    Where can I locate recent circulation figures for Johnston Press weeklies now that they’re not included in the ABCs? They seem very hard to find, which I’m sure isn’t deliberate.

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  • February 27, 2017 at 5:52 pm
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    I agree with the last comment. I see the Rotherham Advertiser and Barnsley Chronicle have taken a bit of a beating. What about the Doncaster Free Press?

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  • February 27, 2017 at 7:43 pm
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    When I posted my original comment, I was hoping that someone from Johnston Press could tell me where these circulation figures are available. Can anybody tell me?

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