Private Eye remained the top-selling current affairs magazine in the UK in the second half of 2014 with average sales of 219,465 a fortnight.
While weekly title The Economist has a higher overall circulation, nearly a quarter of its total consists of free bulk copies.
Financial weekly Investors Chronicle was the fastest-growing title in the sector, up 20 per cent year on year to an average sale of 31,991.
Overall, the current affairs magazine sector remains in solid shape – with more than half of the titles growing circulation year on year.
UK current affairs magazine sales figures for second half 2014 (source:ABC)
Note: Circulation totals in this table are combined print/digital. The percentage paid-for figure is print-only.
|Title||Avg circ||% change y/y||% paid for|
|The Economist – United Kingdom Edition||223,915||1.3||76.1|
|Time Magazine – British Isles (BI)||127,984||-1.6||61.9|
|Fortune Magazine – Europe||97,669||-2.6||77.6|
|China Daily European Weekly||93,579||3.1||1.1|
|BBC History Magazine||92,755||3.8||100|
|New Scientist – Worldwide Sales Excluding Australasia and US/Canada||83,081||-1.6||99.5|
|The Spectator excluding Australia||54,787||1.3||81.8|
|BBC Sky at Night||22,933||-4.8||100|