Good News and Bad for UK Newspaper Circulations

15 February 2005

UK national newspaper sales rose in January compared with the previous month, but year-on-year numbers were less robust.

The Audit Bureau of Circulations' latest figures show just three daily and Sunday titles failing to increase circulation in January: the Financial Times, the Daily Star Sunday and The Business.

The broader picture is less pleasing. Only two dailies (both recent converts to the so-called 'Berliner' compact format) recorded a year-on-year increase: The Times, part of Rupert Murdoch's News International UK stable, and The Independent.

The Times' sales increased by 4.51% in the twelve months ended January 2005, maintaining its lead over the troubled Daily Telegraph, which recently announced major editorial job cuts [WAMN: 10-Feb-05]. The Independent, which blazed the 'Berliner' trail in 2003, saw a rise of 12.17% for the same period.

London's Evening Standard, owned by Associated Newspapers, which launched a cut-down free lunchtime version two months ago, showed a slight recovery from December with a 0.91% rise.

Some Sunday newspapers fared better, with year-on-year circulation increases for the Sunday Express and Associated Newspaper's Mail on Sunday and The Independent on Sunday.

Data sourced from; additional content by WARC staff