Newspaper Circulation Down, Despite Increases in Digital Subscriptions


Irelands biggest selling daily newspaper the Irish Independent’s circulation has fallen below 100,000 copies per day for the first time according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) figures which were released on Thursday last, February 16th.

These report that daily newspaper circulation for the second half of last year (July to December 2016) declined by 8.4% compared with the same period in 2015 and were 6% down on the on the first six months of 2016.

Circulation for the main Irish daily broadsheet newspapers are as follows:

Irish Independent                97,104 (print)                   1,941 (digital)   

Irish Times                          66,251  (print)                 13,176 (digital)

Examiner                             30,090                                                                  


Other daily newspapers in Ireland had the following circulation:

The Sun                58,531

Irish Daily Star     45,396

Irish Daily Mail    41,149

The Herald           40,847

Daily Mirror         35,767

Evening Echo       10,270

The Times               2,764

Daily Express          2,573

Daily Telegraph       2,336

Financial Times       2,336

Guardian                  2,323


The Irish Times gained more than 5,000 digital subscriptions over this period.

The Sunday Independent holds the position of Ireland’s most popular Sunday Newspaper with a circulation of 191,594, while overall Sunday figures were also down 8.4% year on year.

Circulation for Sunday Newspapers in Ireland in the six months to December 2016 was as follows:

Sunday Independent          191,594

Sunday World                    149,481

Sunday Times                      78,658

Mail on Sunday                    74,758

The Sun (Sunday)                 56,066

Sunday Business Post           30,244

Irish Sunday Mirror              24,314

Daily Star Sunday                 15,775

The People                              9,421

The Observer                          4,543

Sunday Express                      3,008

Sunday Telegraph                   1,941





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