Sales dip for Falkirk Herald in Johnston Press portfolio

ONE of the local weekly newspaper flagships of The Scotsman publishers has seen its circulation dip between June last year and six months later, plus an even bigger dip between December 2008 and 12 months later.

The Falkirk Herald is one of dozens of local titles throughout the United Kingdom owned by Johnston Press.

And says the Audit Bureau of Circulation – in its twice-yearly sales review of UK regional newspapers – the title sold an average of 24,322 copies at the time of the auditing: December last year.

But compared to the average sale of the Falkirk Herald in June last year, December’s figure was down 5.3 per cent (from 25,685) and its year-on-year performance was down 7.5 per cent, from 26,307 in December 2008.

The ABC revealed its figures at the end of last week.

Other figures for Johnston Press for December read:

The Arbroath Herald 9,443

Berwick Advertiser 7,392

Berwickshire News & East Lothian News 5,462

Brechin Advertiser 2,910

The Buchan Observer 6,933

The Buteman 3,016

Carrick Gazette 2,598

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Advertiser 14,057 (freesheet)

Cumbernauld News & Kilsyth Chronicle 9,507

East Fife Mail 10,315

East Lothian News 4,076

The Ellon Times and Inverurie Herald 3,275

The Extra, Glasgow South & Eastwood 30,813 (freesheet)

Falkirk & Grangemouth Advertiser & Linlithgow Advertiser 44,757 (freesheet)

Fife Free Press 14,257

Fife Herald News & St Andrews Citizen 12,289

The Fife Leader – North Edition 21,125 (freesheet)

The Fife Leader – South Edition 42,229 (freesheet)

Forfar Dispatch 5,039

The Fraserburgh Herald 5,230

Glenrothes Gazette 5,921

Hawick News and Scottish Border Chronicle 5,218

Herald & Post, Dunfermline & West Fife 38,952 (freesheet)

Herald & Post, Edinburgh 115,592 (freesheet)

Herald & Post, West Lothian 41,886 (freesheet)

Kirkintilloch Herald 10,249

Lanarkshire & Carluke Gazette 11,206

Lothian and Peebles Times 42,468 (freesheet)

Midlothian Advertiser 6,617

Milngavie & Bearsden Herald 5,698

Montrose Review 4664

Motherwell Times & Bellshill Speaker 12,734

North Lanarkshire Extra 22,062 (freesheet)

Paisley and Renfrewshire Extra 28,999 (freesheet)

South Lanarkshire Extra 13,176 (freesheet)

Southern Reporter 16,412

Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser 11,455