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 February 2019 with month to month and year on year comparisons.

Monday to Friday
Brexit is still having an influence on sales, although the FT is the only title showing a month on month increase (+2.6%). The other broadsheet drops are a lot less than expected for the time of year, The i is showing -0.4%, The Times -0.8%, while overall the sales drop is -1.5% down on January 2019. The Telegraph’s sales, whose Monday to Friday price increase came into place on 4 February, are showing a 2.3% drop which is the biggest % drop than any other title. Download Monday to Friday Data

The Guardian are reporting a no change v’s the previous months sale, whilst all other titles are unfortunately showing a loss for the same period. Notable drops are The Mirror -4.1%, Mail -3.1% and Times -2.8%. Compared to January 2019 the overall Saturday figure is indicating -2.4% and against February 2018 it’s 7.1% down. Download Saturday Data

Sunday titles are showing a similar picture to Saturday, with a 2.1% drop month on month. The Mail on Sunday are reporting a figure below 1 million for the first time ever, which is a sad indication of how sales are going on not only this traditionally good seller but the overall market as a whole. Best of the bunch is The Observer which fell by 1% month on month. Download Sunday Data


You can find below ABC sales figures for July – December 2018


Latest Updates

Price increases for Daily Express and Daily Star but retailers will see their margin cut

The NFRN has accused the publisher of the Daily Express and Daily Star of turning news stockists into April fools after announcing that it is raising the cover price of both titles but keeping the lion’s share of the increase to itself.

From next Monday (April 1), the price of weekday editions of the Daily Express moves to 65p, with Reach advising that retailers will now receive 14.3p for every copy sold. From Saturday April 6 the newspaper will cost £1, with the retail margin rising to 20.6p, and from Sunday April 7 the cover price increases to £1.60. Retailers will earn 32.96p.

From that same weekend the Saturday edition of the Daily Star will rise to 70p while the Daily Star Sunday will now cost £1.10, with retailers receiving 22.66.

What Reach spectacularly fails to mention in any of its communication to retailers is that the percentage margin on Monday to Friday editions of the Daily Express is being cut to 22 per cent and to 20.60 per cent for its weekend publications and for the Saturday Daily Star. The percentage margin that retailers will receive on the Daily Star on Sunday is falling further – to 20.54 per cent. Read more

Now Magazine set to close amid declining sales

TI Media has announced the proposed closure of their weekly celebrity title Now. The issue on sale 2 April will be the final edition, with the brand retaining an online presence via for the foreseeable future.

Group managing director for TI Media, Angie O’Farrell says: “The changing dynamics of the celebrity market – with consumers increasingly getting their fix of celeb news and gossip from other sources that can break stories immediately – means this audience is buying fewer and fewer magazines. As recent closures in this market highlight, this is putting weeklies like Now and its competitors under relentless pressure. Now’s circulation has been falling steadily over the past five years and with that decline forecast to continue, alongside a drop-off in advertising revenue, the magazine is simply no longer sustainable. It’s on this basis that we’re proposing to close Now and focus on the remaining titles in our Life & Style portfolio.”

10p price increase for The Sunday Post

The cover price of The Sunday Post is set to increase from £1.90 to £2.00 effective from 31 March 2019.

The retailer profit per copy will increase pro rata.

New barcodes effective from this date are as follows:

Sunday Post Barcodes

JPI Media Ireland Price Increases

JPI Media has announced a number of price increases for its Irish titles that will take effect from w/c 30 March 2019 and w/c 1 April 2019.

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

For new price and barcode information, download the trade notice.

Daily Mirror announces 5p price rise and cut in terms

The price of the Monday to Friday edition of the Daily Mirror is to rise by 5p from 11 March 2019.

The joy of the price increase was short lived though after it was announced retail terms are to fall to 20.80 per cent.

For more reaction to this breaking story, click here

JPI Media Scotland Price Increases

JPI Media has announced a number of price increases for its Scottish titles that will take effect from w/c 1 April 2019.

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

For new price and barcode information, download the trade notice.

JPI Media Northern Price Increases

The cover price of the Fleetwood Weekly News, Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor will be increasing by 5p from week beginning 25 February 2019.

The cover price of the Berwick Advertiser and Morpeth Herald will be increasing by 5p from week beginning 1 April 2019.

Terms will continue to be paid pro-rata.

Open North West trade letter for price & barcode details

Open North East trade letter for price & barcode details

Scottish Provincial Press Price Increases

SPP has announced price increases for a number of its titles.

Open file for price & barcode details

Telegraph price rise

From Saturday February 2, the price of the Saturday edition rises to £2.50 the Sunday Telegraph increases to £2.20 the following day and from Monday February 4 weekday editions will cost £2.

The NFRN reacted quickly after hearing that the Telegraph was raising the cover price but planned to maintain the current pence per copy margin it pays to retailers until August.

Following a series of heated meetings with senior executives – most recently chief operating officer Aki Mandhar and its managing director for subscriptions Peter Hickman – the NFRN delegation led by National President Mike Mitchelson secured an agreement from the Telegraph that it would make available “a sizeable” sum of money to invest in members’ businesses. Read more

Times Newspapers to increase price of Saturday and weekday editions

The Saturday edition of The Times will increase by 10p to £2 from this weekend (2 February 2019), while the cover price of its weekday issues will increase by 20p to £1.80 from Monday 4 February.

Retail percentage terms will increase pro-rata, meaning the profit on every copy sold will increase to 42p on the Saturday edition and to 38.7p on the Monday- Friday editions.

For more information about this price increase click here

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