Nationals drop by double digit per cent in circulation this year

National papers lost out year on year in July.

Most national newspapers suffered double digit percentage sales losses year on year in July.

The i was the only title to increase sales year on year, mainly due to the affect of taking over The Independent’s bulk distribution copies. This also largely explains The Independent’s sharp 52.3 per cent year on year circulation decline.

The i's paid-for sale in July was 215,664 with an additional 64,458 free bulk distribution copies.

Excluding i and The Independent, the average rate of circulation decline among the national dailies was around 11 per cent. This suggests that the rate of print circulation decline for the national press is accelerating.

The Guardian was the worst performing title on paid-for sales, which dropped 15.9 per cent to 209,354. According to The Guardian, the year-on-year comparison is exagerrated by strong sales in July 2011 helped by the paper's phone-hacking revelations.

The FT’s worldwide print circulation dropped 13.6 per cent to 290,765 of which some 58,989 on average a day were sold in the UK.

For the Sundays year on year comparisons were exaggerated by the affect of the closure of the News of the World at the start of July 2011 – which boosted the sales of surviving titles that month.

The Sun Sunday maintained its position as the top-selling Sunday title dropping 1.5 per cent month on month to 2,157,482 copies a week. At 50p, it continues to be at least half the price of most of its competitors.

National daily newspaper print sales for July 2012 (source ABC)

National dailies:

  • Daily Mirror : 1,082,054 ; -8.74
  • Daily Record : 275,526 ; -9.73
  • Daily Star : 623,534 ; -11.78
  • The Sun : 2,550,859 ; -9.60
  • Daily Express : 555,544 ; -11.25
  • Daily Mail : 1,921,239 ; -6.29
  • The Daily Telegraph : 581,249 ; -8.34
  • Financial Times : 290,765 ; -13.61
  • The Guardian : 209,354 ; -15.85
  • i : 280,122 ; 52.51
  • The Independent : 83,619 ; -54.28
  • The Scotsman : 34,127 ; -12.47
  • The Times : 404,099 ; -8.41
  • Racing Post : 46,836 ; -15.34

National Sundays

  • Daily Star Sunday : 456,429 ; -35.13
  • The Sun (Sunday) : 2,157,482 ;
  • Sunday Mail : 312,042 ; -24.22
  • Sunday Mirror : 1,077,882 ; -39.66
  • The People : 459,032 ; -43.09
  • Sunday Express : 503,492 ; -22.40
  • Sunday Post : 276,250 ; -14.16
  • The Mail on Sunday : 1,779,449 ; -21.10
  • Independent on Sunday : 118,759 ; -28.99
  • The Observer : 245,094 ; -15.15
  • Scotland on Sunday : 41,492 ; -14.97
  • The Sunday Telegraph : 456,487 ; -8.95
  • The Sunday Times : 919,424 ; -7.48

This article first appeared in Press Gazette.

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Emily Thornberry heckled by Labour MPs as tensions over Trident erupt

Shadow defence secretary's performance at PLP meeting described as "risible" and "cringeworthy". 

"There's no point trying to shout me down" shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry declared midway through tonight's Parliamentary Labour Party meeting. Even by recent standards, the 70-minute gathering was remarkably fractious (with PLP chair John Cryer at one point threatening to halt it). Addressing MPs and peers for the first time since replacing Maria Eagle, Thornberry's performance did nothing to reassure Trident supporters. 

The Islington South MP, who voted against renewal in 2007, said that the defence review would be "wide-ranging" and did not take a position on the nuclear question (though she emphasised it was right to "question" renewal). She vowed to listen to colleagues as well as taking "expert advice" and promised to soon visit the Barrow construction site. But MPs' anger was remorseless. Former shadow defence minister Kevan Jones was one of the first to emerge from Committee Room 14. "Waffly and incoherent, cringeworthy" was his verdict. Another Labour MP told me: "Risible. Appalling. She compared Trident to patrolling the skies with spitfires ... It was embarrassing." A party source said afterwards that Thornberry's "spitfire" remark was merely an observation on changing technology. 

"She was talking originally in that whole section about drones. She'd been talking to some people about drones and it was apparent that it was absolutely possible, with improving technology, that large submarines could easily be tracked, detected and attacked by drones. She said it is a question of keeping your eye on new technology ... We don't have the spitfires of the 21st century but we do have some quite old planes, Tornadoes, but they've been updated with modern technology and modern weaponry." 

Former first sea lord and security minister Alan West complained, however, that she had failed to understand how nuclear submarines worked. "Physics, basic physics!" he cried as he left. Asked how the meeting went, Neil Kinnock, who as leader reversed Labour's unilateralist position in 1989, simply let out a belly laugh. Thornberry herself stoically insisted that it went "alright". But a shadow minister told me: "Emily just evidently hadn't put in the work required to be able to credibly address the PLP - totally humiliated. Not by the noise of the hecklers but by the silence of any defenders, no one speaking up for her." 

Labour has long awaited the Europe split currently unfolding among the Tories. But its divide on Trident is far worse. The majority of its MPs are opposed to unilateral disarmament and just seven of the shadow cabinet's 31 members share Jeremy Corbyn's position. While Labour MPs will be given a free vote when the Commons votes on Trident renewal later this year (a fait accompli), the real battle is to determine the party's manifesto stance. 

Thornberry will tomorrow address the shadow cabinet and, for the first time this year, Corbyn will attend the next PLP meeting on 22 February. Both will have to contend with a divide which appears unbridgeable. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.