National newspaper ABCs: Free Metro only UK paper to see circulation growth in July

The free Metro is the only UK newspaper not to have recorded a drop in circulation last month, according to new ABC figures out today.

The daily title, which is part of Daily Mail and General Trust – owners of the Mail titles – saw distribution climb 0.2 per cent year-on-year to nearly 1.5m in July.

The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday both recorded year-on-year circulation decline, down 11 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.

But these figures do not take into account the fact that publisher Mail Newspapers stopped counting bulk sales from December 2017.

Mail Newspapers chief marketing officer Roland Agambar said: “Record shares across the week and the fact that one in every four newspapers sold Monday to Saturday is the Daily Mail, is testament to the quality of our engaging content and promotions.

“Furthermore, the figures demonstrate Mail Newspapers’ UK retail sales remain unaffected by our decision to end multiple copy sales activity.  We’re continuing to put money into retailers’ tills and give our loyal readers the content they love.â€�

This week is understood to be Paul Dacre’s last as editor of the Daily Mail. He will be replaced by Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig from September.

The Telegraph and Mirror group titles have also stopped counting bulks in their circulation figures.

UK national newspaper circulation figures for July (source: ABC):

PublicationTotal – July 2018 Year-on-Year % changeBulks
Metro FREE1,473,6320.2
The Sun1,432,423-8.66118,219
Daily Mail1,265,693-11.22
The Sun on Sunday1,220,570-8.88118,217
The Mail on Sunday1,071,046-13.12
London Evening Standard FREE889,042-1.16
The Sunday Times726,418-5.1584,431
Daily Mirror554,761-11.28
Sunday Mirror468,719-13.65
The Times430,660-4.3191,338
The Daily Telegraph374,535-21.63
Daily Star356,583-15.46
Daily Express339,303-10.86
Sunday Express297,751-9.99
The Sunday Telegraph293,454-16.56
Daily Star – Sunday222,464-14.29
Sunday People183,465-14.61
Financial Times179,010-3.7731,087
The Observer169,340-5.16
The Guardian137,839-7.75
Sunday Mail129,547-15.27
Daily Record124,034-13.65
Sunday Post114,451-15.33538
City AM FREE85,960-5.44

Source: Digital Journalism
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