Important 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 2018 with month to month and year on year comparisons.

Monday to Friday
Another positive month on month increase has been reported for August sales against July, Overall all titles are showing +0.5%, with 7 titles recording increases varying from 2.4% to 0.2%. The broadsheet titles do not appear to have followed the same trend as they are showing a combined drop of 1.2%. Download Monday to Friday Data

The Saturday Star saw the biggest increase of any title by 2.6% month on month, with only 3 titles recording a fall in sale against July as the overall figure reads +0.7%, which given that sales were fairly buoyant during July from the World cup coverage, is pleasing, The i year on year sales are still positive against the same period in 2017 by 5.5%. Download Saturday Data

Only a small increase month on month (+0.1%) compared to Monday to Friday and Saturday reported sales, The Sun on Sunday and The Sunday Mail lead the way with both titles recording a 1.4% increase, the Sunday Express are also reporting a 1% increase on last month, The Observer is the biggest faller dropping by 2.1%. Download Sunday Data



You can find below ABC sales figures for January – June 2018.


Latest Information

Price increases announced for number of Northern Ireland Alpha titles

Newspread has announced a number of price changes for its Alpha titles which will come into effect w/c 1 October 2018.

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Price rise announced for Daily Mail and Scottish Daily Mail

With effect from Monday 17 September 2018, the cover price of the Monday-Friday editions of both The Daily Mail and The Scottish Daily Mail will increase by 5p to 70p.

As a result of this move, retailer profit on each copy sold increases to 15.62p – a pro rata adjustment on terms.

For more information download the relevant trade letter below.

DM Mon-Fri Price Increase Letter –  Eng, Wales, NI

DM Mon-Fri Price Increase Letter –  Scotland

iWeekend Price Rise

From 15 September 2018, the iWeekend will increase in price from 80p to £1.00.

Retail terms will increase pro-rata, remaining at 21.5%, so profit on every copy sold will move from 17.2p to 21.5p per copy sold.

During September and October, the iWeekend will be backed up by a strong media/ PR campaign.

The new barcode is: 9772045492966

Extensions to Cut Offs – Autumn 2018

There will be two cut-off extensions this autumn to support newspaper coverage of forthcoming international football matches.

Cut-off extensions of 30 minutes are in place on the following issue dates in England and Wales only:

Cut Off Extension – Sunday 9 September 2018
Please be advised that there will be a 30 minute extension to cut offs in all wholesale branches in England and Wales for issue dated Sunday 9 September 2018. This is to allow full reporting of the England v Spain UEFA Nations League football match.

Cut Off Extension – Saturday 13 October 2018
Please be advised that there will be a 30 minute extension to cut offs in all wholesale branches in England and Wales for issue dated Saturday 13 October 2018. This is to allow full reporting of the Croatia v England UEFA Nations League football match.

As ever with these arrangements all publishers will endeavour to print as early as possible and in many cases deliveries will be unaffected.

Two new titles set to replace the Sunday Herald this weekend

This Sunday (9 September) sees the launch of two new titles. The first is the Herald on Sunday, featuring a continuation of its Monday to Saturday editorial and including an inserted tabloid magazine. Read more

Sunday World Price Rise

The Sunday World will increase in price by 20p to £1.80 from 9 September 2018. The terms are pro rata so your discount level will remain unchanged.

The new barcode is: 9770791677873

10p price rise announced for FT Weekend

From this weekend (1 September 2018), the Saturday edition of the Financial Times will increase in price by 10p to £4.00. The Monday-Friday price remains unchanged.

The terms are pro rata so your discount level will remain unchanged.

Open trade letter for more details

Sunday Mail Cover Price Increase

With effect from Sunday 8 July 2018, the Sunday Mail will increase its cover price by 10p to £1.90.

Although this represents a ppc increase in real terms, it’s actually a margin cut of 0.6% from 21% to 20.4%. Read more

Updated barcode details below:
Scotland: 9770307587276
England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 9771360241877

Irish Sun Price Rise

The cover price of The Irish Sun (Mon-Fri) will increase by 10c to €1.10, from this Monday 2 July 2018. The Irish Sun Saturday will increase by 20c to €1.20, effective 7 July 2018 and The Irish Sun on Sunday will increase 20c to €1.20, effective Sunday 8 July 2018.

The changes will be accompanied by a pro rata increase in retail margins.

Open trade letter for price & barcode details

Johnston Press Scotland Price Increases

Johnston Press has announced price increases for a number of its Scottish titles, including The Scotsman. Changes take effect from w/c 2 July 2018.

Terms will continue to be paid pro-rata.

Open trade letter for price & barcode details

News UK announces 10p price rise for Sun on Sunday

From Sunday (17 June 2018), the price of the Sun on Sunday will increase to £1.20 and retailers will now receive 25.2p per copy – an extra 2.1p for every copy sold. Get more reaction

Concerns grow over Racing Post distribution

The Racing Post has announced plans to continue and expand an alternative distribution route for its titles. View latest updates

Price rises for Sunday Mirror and People

From Sunday 3 June the Sunday Mirror and People will both increase by 10p to £1.60 and stockists will see the terms they receive rise from 31.5p to 33.6p. Read more 

Johnston Press Price Increases (Mansfield)

The cover price of the Mansfield Chad Ashfield and Mansfield Chad Town will be increasing by 10p from 30 May 2018.

Terms will continue to be paid pro-rata.


Johnson Press barcode details


Johnston Press North West Price Increases

The cover price of the Clitheroe AdvertiserNelson LeaderColne Times, and Barnoldswick & Earby Times will be increasing by 5p from week beginning 28 May 2018.

Terms will continue to be paid pro-rata.

Open trade letter for price & barcode details

Racing Post Titles – Cover Price Increases

The Racing Post will shortly be increasing the cover prices of the Racing Post newspaper, The Racing And Football Outlook and the Racing Post Weekender. The Racing Post has increased retail margin from an average of 57p per copy to 64p per copy (€0.69 per copy to €0.75 per copy).

Download the relevant trade letter below for full details.

Racing Post Titles – UK

Racing Post Titles – ROI

Slam Attax 10 – Extended on sale date

Please note that the WWE Slam Attax Series 10 on sale date has been extended to 6 July 2018.

Contact details for Newspread vouchers

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