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

Monday to Friday
The Sun is the only title showing a month on month increase with a 0.5% uplift on December 2018 figures. The Mail shows no change over the same period, with all other titles reporting a drop month on month, therefore giving the overall figure a 0.5% drop. That said, December was a stronger than traditional month, sales wise. Download Monday to Friday Data

Saturday results differ as a 1.4% overall increase month on month is being reported, with The Mail the pick of the bunch with a 3.3% increase on December. The only titles showing negative results are The Times (-0.8%), Telegraph (-0.3%) & The Star (-0.4%) – while everyone else are reporting uplifts against December. Download Saturday Data

Sunday sales are also very encouraging with a 0.4% uplift, The Mail on Sunday (+2%), Sunday Express (+0.8%), Sunday Mail (+0.9%) and The Sunday Mirror (+1.5%) are also up on previous month. The Times held the same figure as December, while all other titles are reporting a drop in sales, ranging from between -1.7% for the Observer to -0.3% for the Sunday Post and The Sun on Sunday. Download Sunday Data


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


Latest Information

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.

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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.

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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

Price increases for The Guardian & Observer

The Guardian & Observer will be increasing cover price from issue Saturday 12 January 2019.

The Monday to Friday edition of The Guardian will be increasing by 20p to its new price of £2.20, while the Saturday edition will be increasing by 30p to £3.20. The cover price of the Observer will rise to £3.20, an increase of 20p.

Retail margins will be maintained at the current percentages, meaning a seven day reader is worth over £203 a year to your store.

New pricing and margins as follows:

Monday to Friday Guardian: £2.20 with a margin of £0.484
Saturday Guardian: £3.20 with a margin of £0.704
Sunday Observer: £3.20 with a margin of £0.784

You’ll soon receive point of sale for your store promoting Guardian & Observer subscriptions. A print subscriber is more likely to continue to read print, to buy more frequently and will save on the cover price whilst your store doesn’t lose out.

New barcode details can be found here

If you have any questions please contact

New 45p price for weekday Daily Star

Starting from issue dated Monday 7 January 2019, the cover price of the Daily Star Monday to Friday editions will increase by 5p to its new price of 45p.

As a result of this move, retailer profit on each copy sold increases to 9.9p per copy – a pro rata adjustment on terms.

Note: This price increase will be across all areas with the exception of the Channel Islands.

The new barcodes are:

England, Wales & Northern Ireland Scotland
Monday 9770957623218 9771358588212
Tuesday 9770957623225 9771358588229
Wednesday 9770957623232 9771358588236
Thursday 9770957623249 9771358588243
Friday 9770957623256 9771358588250

Daily Mirror Saturday Edition Price Increase

From this weekend (5 January 2019), the cover price of the Daily Mirror Saturday edition will increase to £1.30.

Retail terms will increase pro-rata, so profit on every copy sold will increase to 26.26p.

The new barcodes is: 977 0956 805 363

5p price rise announced for The Sun

The Sun newspaper has announced that from 5 January 2019 its Monday to Saturday editions will increase by 5p, with retail percentage terms remaining the same.

The cover price on the Monday to Friday edition will rise from 50p to 55p, with the Saturday edition increasing from 70p to 75p.

Publisher News UK has confirmed the changes will be accompanied by a pro rata increase in retail margins, meaning margin per copy for the Monday to Friday edition will increase to 12.27p per copy whilst on Saturday the retail profit will rise to 16.05p per copy.

NFRN National President Mike Mitchelson said: “These cover price increases on the Monday to Friday and Saturday editions of The Sun, together with pro rata terms, will give news retailers a welcome new year boost. In 2019 both the NFRN and the Sun will be celebrating. We are reaching our centenary, while the Sun will be 50 years old. I look forward to sharing our joint plans for celebrating these impressive milestones shortly which will help members grow sales and profits.”

The new barcode details are below:

The Sun barcodes Jan 19

i newspaper announces 5p price rise for weekday editions

The price of the Monday to Friday edition of the i newspaper is set to increase from 60p to 65p from Tuesday, 1 January 2019.

Retail terms will increase pro-rata, remaining at 22%, so profit on every copy sold will move from 13.2p to 14.3p.

Saturday’s price is unchanged and remains at £1.

This change of price requires a new barcode and voucher amendments  – please see details below and update your systems accordingly.

table displaying barcodes

Price increase for Irish Daily Mail and The Irish Mail on Sunday

Mail Newspapers have announced they will be increasing the cover prices for the Irish Daily Mail and The Irish Mail on Sunday with effect from Saturday 22 December 2018 by 20 cent every day. Retail Terms remain unchanged.

On Saturday 22 December 2018, the recommended retail price of the Irish Daily Mail Saturday edition will increase from €1.60 to €1.80.

On Sunday 23 December 2018, the recommended retail price of The Irish Mail on Sunday will increase by 20c to €3.00.

On Monday 24 December 2018, the recommended retail price of the Irish Daily Mail Monday – Friday editions will increase from €1.40 to €1.60.

New barcode details can be found below.

Saturday: 9771750 161563
Sunday:  9771752 169277
Monday: 9771750 161419
Tuesday: 9771750 161426
Wednesday: 9771750 161433
Thursday: 9771750 161440
Friday: 9771750 161457

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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