Latest SA print circ results: double the no. of new publications than closures. Wow!
• These 794 members circulated 34,127,863 copies during Q2. The largest sector was the custom magazines with over 12.6 million copies by 92 publications. This was followed by 6.3 million copies by 203 consumer magazines and then 5.2 million by 174 free newspapers.
• The daily newspapers account for 106 000 few copies sold and this decline has predominantly come from the English titles. A total of 15 newspapers declined and only one newspaper saw an increase. Whilst Daily Sun lost the most – 13.67%, this newspaper remains three and a half times larger than its nearest competitors. The Citizen has seen an increase of just less than 11% increase which can be contributed to a reduced cover price and better distribution.
• The weekly newspapers saw a decrease of 6% in copy sales. Soccer Laduma has the highest circulation even though they lost 10% in circulation. Mail and Guardian lost 8.5% in circulation and Ilanga was the only newspaper to show an increase – 4.88%.
• Weekend newspapers sees Sunday Times as being the highest copy sales with an almost 5% increase (267 361), this is then followed by Rapport who had a drop of nearly 8% (252 822), Sunday Sun with an increase of 8.77% increase (230 365) and then City Press with a 4% decrease (165 644).
• Consumer magazines are very stable. Family interest magazines have shown a 1.4% increase with Lig, Drum and Bona all reporting almost 13% increases however Readers Digest has had a decrease of 26% of copy sales.
• Male interest magazines increased by 3.4% and this was specially due to the growth by Stuff Magazine. Men’s Health saw an increase of 6.7% and FHM saw a drop of 7.8% although remains the second highest circulating male magazine.
See below for the detailed spreadsheets reflecting the previous period and the latest ABC figures for all publications that are members of the ABC. The full presentation can be found on www.abc.org.za.
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Okay, so call me a tech geek, but nice going ‘STUFF’ mag. Well done, Charles and Toby!
Then I note the comment that ‘consumer magazines are very stable.’ I must confess I’m pleasantly surprised by that, and particularly the fact that ‘the number of new publications is almost double than (sic) those of closures and almost 80% of the new titles are magazine titles.’