Newsagents welcome pro rata terms as several local newspapers introduce price rise

PRICE increases recently among several local newspapers have been welcomed by the newsagents’ representative body, because they are to benefit on a pro rata basis.

Says the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, the increases – among titles owned by Daily Record publisher, Media Scotland – “have been accompanied by pro rata retail terms”.

In a statement, Scots president, Robert Baillie, is quoted, as saying: “This is a great confidence booster for independent newsagents. We are pleased that Media Scotland recognises the importance of NFRN members by bringing in these cover price rises and rewarding the retailer with pro rata terms. Such a move is crucial in these days of ever-increasing overheads so I will be urging members to give all the titles involved their full support.”

The increases are as follows:

Hamilton Advertiser – up 5p, to £1

Lanark & Carluke Advertiser – up 8p, to 95p

East Kilbride News – up 5p, to £1

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser – up 5p, to £1

West Lothian Courier – up 5p, to £1

Perth Advertiser – up 5p, to £1

Stirling Observer – up 5p, to £1

Ayrshire Post – up 10p, to £1.10

Kilmarnock Standard – up 10p, to £1.10

Irvine Herald – up 10p, to £1

Dumfries & Galloway Standard – up 5p, to £1.05