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August 26, 2015

Sunday Herald is only weekly title audited by ABC to grow print sale in first half of 2015

By Dominic Ponsford

The Sunday Herald was the only weekly title audited by ABC to grow its sale in the first half of this year, again apparently benefiting from its support for Scottish nationalism.

The Newsquest title appears to have continued to reap the benefits of its support for the SNP – which saw it boost sales at the time of last year’s independence referendum. It was the only newspaper title to back Scottish independence.

The Herald was up 15.5 per cent year on year, but dropped down 3,000 copies compared to the last six months of 2014.

Meanwhile its rival, Scotland on Sunday was the biggest faller with sales down 20 per cent year on year.

Most weekly newspapers are audited annually rather than six-monthly. 

Title Media Owner Total YoY% % paid for
Sunday Life Independent News & Media (NI) 40,602 -8 98.6
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Sunday Sun Trinity Mirror plc 29,190   100
Sunday Herald Newsquest Media Group 29,009 15.5 100
Isle of Wight County Press Isle of Wight County Press Ltd. 27,422 -5 100
Scotland on Sunday Johnston Press plc 24,142 -20.3 100
Sunday Mercury Trinity Mirror plc 22,750   90.7
Rotherham & South Yorkshire Advertiser Garnett Dickinson Publishing Ltd 21,465 -8.8 100
Liverpool Sunday Echo Trinity Mirror plc 20,897   95.7
New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times Advertiser and Times Ltd 17,054 -5.5 100
Exeter – Express & Echo (Thursday) Local World 15,006   100
Wales on Sunday Trinity Mirror plc 14,789   100
Cumberland & Westmorland Herald Cumberland & Westmorland Herald News 14,311 -4.9 99.9
Hertfordshire Mercury Local World 13,772   100
Newry Reporter Edward Hodgett Ltd 8,502 -9.9 100
The Orcadian The Orcadian Ltd 7,858 -5.9 100
West Highland Free Press West Highland Publishing Company Ltd 6,830 -7.8 100
Exeter – Express & Echo (Monday) Local World 6,799   99.8
South Shropshire Journal The Midland News Association 6,120 -4.7 100
Newport Advertiser The Midland News Association 5,650 -4.8 100
Bridgnorth Journal The Midland News Association 5,643 -10.5 100
Banbridge Chronicle Banbridge Chronicle Press Ltd 3,521 -5.8 100

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