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

Monday to Friday
October sales, although slightly down, were pretty steady for most titles. The pick of the bunch was the FT who recorded a 0.9% increase month on month, and the Guardian who are showing no change. Overall sales were down by 0.9% with the Express (-2.2%) and Daily Record (-2.1%) showing the highest decline against Septembers figures. Download Monday to Friday Data

A slightly different picture for Saturday, with the majority of titles recording month on month increases. The only titles not recording uplifts were the Express (-0.6%), Mirror (-1.2%), Star (-2%) and the i (-1.5%), The Mail stands out with a 1.2% increase month on month but also -4.2% yr on yr which is against the rest of the markets -6.8% combined drop. Download Saturday Data

A similar story to Saturdays editions in that overall sales are showing a positive 0.2% increase, The Observer in particular is 2.7% up on September. The MOS (+0.8%), Sun (+0.2%) are also showing positive moves, whilst the Mirror and Sunday Times both show no change against last month. Download Sunday Data



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


Latest Information

Scotland on Sunday price change

Please note that the Scotland on Sunday will increase in price by 20p to its new price £2.30 from 6 January 2019.

Margin is pro rata, so there is no change to your retailer terms.

The new barcode will be: 9770955875336

All pre-paid subscription vouchers will be credited at the new price, please continue to accept them as full payment.


The Times Ireland Edition Cover Price Increase

Effective from Monday 5 November 2018, the cover price of The Times Ireland edition will increase from €1.50 to €2.00 Monday to Friday and from €2.00 to €2.50 on Saturdays. Margin per copy will be 50.5 cent per copy Monday – Friday and 63 cent on Saturdays. This represents a percentage margin of 27.5%. The Times Ireland edition delivers a higher Cent per Copy margin (Monday-Friday) than The Irish Times, Irish Independent and Irish Examiner.

  • Monday-Friday cover price €1.50 to €2.00
  • Saturday cover price €2.00 to €2.50

A spokesperson for the publisher said: “With our editorial investment and your support, The Times Ireland edition has become the fastest growing title in Ireland. We will continue to improve and promote the title extensively, so please ensure to display your supplies prominently.”

Barcodes will not be changed so please ensure that your systems are updated for the price change from Monday 5 November 2018.

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.

Download price changes info

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

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

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