Important Title Updates and Cover Price & Barcode Changes

Independent retailers can find here the major and need-to-know cover prices and barcode changes, as well as important title updates.

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You can find below ABC sales figures for August 2019 with month to month and year on year comparisons.

Monday to Friday
A mixed bag for all titles this month with The Express (+0.4%), Mail (+0.2%), Daily Record (+1.6%) and The Sun (+0.3%) all reporting slight month on month increases, while The Mirror is showing no change. On the flip side, all other titles have recorded a drop month on month, the overall monthly sale was slightly down by 0.1%, which is slightly against the traditional summer period fall. Year on year however is a different picture with the overall comparison against August 2018 being -9.8%. Download Monday to Friday Data

A similar story to the Monday to Friday titles with the monthly trend showing a -0.4% drop. The Express and Mail are again leading the way with monthly increases, the I are also reporting a 0.3% increase against July,  while The FT are the biggest fallers by 4.4% v’s July’s figure. The Times -1.6% and Guardian – 1.8% being the major contributors to the overall fall in sales. Download Saturday Data

A different picture completely for the Sunday titles, with an overall boost of 0.5% on July 2019, with four titles showing positive sales (The MOS, Sunday Mail, Sunday Times and Sun on Sunday), whilst the Express are showing no change. Unfortunately, 7 of the 11 titles are indicating a double figure year on year fall in sale against August 2018. Download Sunday Data

Latest Updates

Christmas TV Listings

For everything you need to know about this year’s Christmas TV Listings – including key facts, advice on how to maximise your sales, and issue dates – just download the factsheet below.

Download Christmas TV Listings Factsheet

Third Party Inserts – Important

Payments for Quarter 3 are being made on this Saturday’s invoices to all registered retailers and include payments from the Mail, Telegraph and News UK for any issues form July – September where publishers have advised that third party inserts exceeded weight tolerances.

The rates are published every week in Retail Newsagent. No other publishers have issued payment instructions.

The amounts will appear on invoices in the format shown below:

News UK will appear on your WSI as NEWS UK TPI HANDLING ALLOWANCE Q3 2019

All information correct at time of going to press but subject to change.

iweekend price rise accompanied with pro rata retail terms

From this weekend, September 14, the price of the iweekend rises by 20p to £1.20 and with the margin that retailers receive remaining at 21.5 per cent – the second highest in the marketplace, i stockists will now receive 25.8p on every copy sold.

Welcoming this move, Mr Reddish said: “Independent retailers are facing ever increasing operating costs so pro rata margin increases are critical whenever cover price rises occur if NFRN members are to remain viable. Read the full response

For more information about this price change, including new barcode details, download the trade letter

Changes to the Sunday Telegraph

From the issue dated Sunday, 8 September 2019, the separate ‘Sunday & Travel’ sections for The Sunday Telegraph will be integrated into the main newspaper sections.

This means that from the date shown above, retail handling is reduced and you will only need to insert ‘Stella’ magazine into The Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

There will be no other changes to the newspaper or magazine.

If you have any questions or comments, please email

Reach deals news retailers with second body blow in just two months

NFRN National President Mike Mitchelson has accused publisher Reach of dealing news retailers with a second body blow in the space of two months by accompanying the latest cover price increases on two of its titles with a cut in terms.

From this weekend, the cover prices of both the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People titles rise by 10p to £1.70, but the margin the retailer receives will fall from 21 per cent to 20.5 per cent.

In a letter to the retail trade, Reach says that the profit paid to the retailer will increase to 34.85p sold. It concludes: “Many thanks for your continued, much valued support for all of the Reach titles.”

Mr Mitchelson responded: “What Reach fails to reveal is that the retail margin is down to a new low of 20.5 per cent. Had our terms been maintained we would actually have been receiving 35.7p for every copy sold.

“This is the second body blow that Reach has inflicted on us in just two months. Back in March the price of the Daily Mirror rose 5p but our margin fell to 20.80p. Now the margin on its two Sunday titles are falling to a new low.

“If Reach really did appreciate our continued support it would be taking on board the needs of independent news retailers.

“We have ever increasing costs which we have to fund. To do so we deserve our fair share of any cover price increases.

“To say we are disappointed is an understatement.”

Download the trade letter for new barcode details.

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