The Media in Figures: Scotland’s local newspapers, sales figures

EVERY one of Scotland’s paid-for local newspapers saw sales of their print editions decline, year-on-year – according to official figures.

The figures were announced on Wednesday, by the auditing body, ABC, in its six-monthly reporting of local and regional newspapers.

allmediascotland.com reported (here, on Wednesday) the audited performance of Scotland’s daily, evening and Sunday ‘regional newspapers’, such as the Sunday Herald (big increase in sales of its print edition) and the Edinburgh Evening News.

The figures are as follows (average for the 12 months up to December last year. All titles paid-for, unless otherwise stated. And, for one reason or another, not all titles, such as the Falkirk Herald, are listed):

Aberdeen Citizen – 52,891 – down 0.1 per cent, year-on-year (free)

Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – 9,447 – down 9.7 per cent, year-on-year

Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser – 6,491 – down 8.2 per cent

Annandale Herald and Moffat News – 3,430 – down 3.7 per cent

Annandale Observer – 5,038 – down 4.2 per cent

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald – 8,346 – down 9.8 per cent

Arran Banner – 2,962 – down 2.1 per cent

Ayr Advertiser – 2,853 – down 9.1 per cent

Ayrshire Post – 17,016 – down 3.7 per cent

The Banffshire Advertiser – 2,754 – n/a

The Banffshire Herald -1,612 – n/a

Banffshire Journal – 3,657 – down 9.1 per cent

Blairgowrie Advertiser- 1,588 – down 6.1 per cent

Border Telegraph Scotland – 3,354 – down 2.4 per cent

Caithness Courier – 4,653 – down 11.3 per cent

Campbeltown Courier and Argyllshire Advertiser – 5,865 – down 3.2 per cent

Central Fife Times and Advertiser – 4,240 – down 10.2 per cent

Clydebank Post – 5,771 – down 17.2 per cent

Cumnock Chronicle – 4,939 – down 11.1 per cent

Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter – 2,429 – down 15.3 per cent

Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Friday edition) -10,928 – down 5.3 per cent

Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Wednesday edition) – 6,376 – down 4.3 per cent

Dumfries Courier – 21,660 – down 3.4 per cent (free)

Dunfermline Press and West of Fife Advertiser – 12,389 – down 9.6 per cent

East Kilbride News – 6,762 – down 13.3 per cent

East Lothian Courier -10,960 – down 6.6 per cent

Fife and Kinross Extra – 17,305 – down 25.4 per cent (free)

Forres Gazette – 2,588 – down 7.8 per cent

The Galloway News – 6,067 – down 5.4 per cent

Hamilton Advertiser – 12,553 – down 11.8 per cent

Helensburgh Advertiser – 4,460 – down 6.7 per cent

Highland News – 5,474 – down 7.7 per cent

The Huntly Express – 2,048 – n/a

Inverness Courier (Friday edition) – 10,627 – down 7.4 per cent

Inverness Courier (Tuesday edition) – 7,525 – down 8.4 per cent

Inverness Scene – 15,847 – down 11.8 per cent (free)

Irvine Herald and Kilwinning Chronicle – 5,099 – down 14.3 per cent

Irvine Times – 2,508 – down 6.3 per cent

John O’Groat Journal – 6,096 – down ten per cent

Kilmarnock Standard (Ayrshire Weekly News and Irvine Valley News) – 10,693 – down 8.8 per cent

Largs and Millport Weekly News – 4,033 – down 7.2 per cent

Lennox Herald – 7,139 – down 10.7 per cent

Lochaber News – 2,369 – down 10.3 per cent

North Star – 2,985 – down 12.9 per cent

Northern Scot – 12,004 – down 9.1 per cent

Northern Scot Mid Week Extra – 20,377 – up 7.5 per cent (free)

Northern Times – 3,410 – down 11.5 per cent

The Oban Times – 12,612 – down 6.9 per cent

The Orcadian – 8,201 – n/a

Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette – 4,292 – down 14.4 per cent

Paisley People – 4,515 – up 0.2 per cent (free)

Peeblesshire News – 3,981 – down 4.2 per cent

Perthshire Advertiser (Friday edition) – 8,516 – down 9.5 per cent

Perthshire Advertiser (Tuesday edition) – 4,107 – down 12.2 per cent

Ross-shire Journal – 6,024 – down 12 per cent

Rutherglen Reformer – 2,530 – down 10.8 per cent

Stirling News incorporating Alloa and Hillfoots Weekender – 15,612 – down 1.8 per cent (free)

Stirling Observer (Friday edition) – 2,506 – down 1.7 per cent

Stirling Observer (Wednesday edition) – 5,835 – down 5.7 per cent

Stranraer and Wigtownshire Free Press – 6,408 – down 4.3 per cent

Strathearn Herald – 1,521 – down 5.3 per cent

Strathspey and Badenoch Herald – 3,785 – down 4.4 per cent

West Highland Free Press – 7,152 – down 5.1 per cent

West Lothian Courier – 8,513 – down 12.4 per cent

Wishaw Press – 5,223 – down 7.6 per cent

Source: ABC, February 25 2015.