Figures released this lunchtime from the Audit Bureau of Circulation for regional papers shows the decline in print sales shows little sign of lessening. In contrast, the figures for online readership which are released separately, are likely to show further marked growth.

Some of the North’s weeklies are actually holding up surprisingly well, with titles including the Cumberland & Westmorland Herald, the South Lakes Citizen, Runcorn and Widnes World and the North Yorkshire Advertiser all down marginally year to year.

A couple of titles including the Goole Courier and the Chorley Citizen even recorded an increase over the year with the latter enjoying a rise of over 500 copies per week.

north-wales-daily-postOne title which in the circumstances may take a little comfort from the figures will be the Daily Post in Wales, which continues to demonstrate resilience in its market with its sales decline markedly slower than its peers, both in the Trinity stable and across other groups.

Andy Gilpin, executive editor of the Daily Post Wales told Prolific North: “The Daily Post is still seeing the benefit of the brave decision to editionalise in 2010. The “east” and “west” editions have allowed us to target the vast content of news in North Wales to readers from the Anglesey, Conwy and Gwynedd areas (west) as well as Denbighshire, Wrexham and Flintshire (east).

“We’ve kept up the campaigning edge of the newspaper which readers really seem to respond too. At the moment we’re pressuring the local health board to think again with it’s controversial revamp plans which include moving neonatal intensive care over the border to Arrowe Park hospital. On top of that we’re also calling for better broadband speeds in North Wales and the right to use social media to report public meetings instantly.

“Add to this the renaissance of North Wales sporting teams such as Wrexham FC – top of the Conference and about to enjoy their first trip to Wembley in 149 years – it all adds up to another good year for North Wales and the Daily Post.”

Overall however, the figures are unlikely to surprise many in the industry.

The figures for the daily titles follow below and relate to average sales for the six month periods ending in December 2011 and 2012.

Title Average sale(Dec 2012) Average sale(Dec 2011)
Hartlepool Mail 11473 13387
Teesside – Evening Gazette 35511 38606
Barrow – North West Evening Mail 12281 13400
Carlisle – News and Star East 10849 11621
Carlisle – News and Star West 4235 4516
Darlington – The Northern Echo 36740 39815
The Bolton News 18620 20571
The Gazette – Blackpool 17678 21156
Lancashire Evening Post 18705 22079
Lancashire Telegraph – Blackburn 20076 22185
Manchester Evening News 74702 84462
Oldham Evening Chronicle 12019 13640
Wigan Evening Post 5719 6754
Liverpool Echo 77849 81506
The Sentinel 43814 48155
Newcastle Evening Chronicle 45225 50748
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Journal 21851 24106
South Shields – Shields Gazette 12646 14164
Sunderland Echo & Football Echo 26701 30654
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Sunday Sun 40569 59865
Hull Daily Mail 39038 41406
York – The Press 23007 25226
Doncaster Star 1703 2111
Sheffield Star & Green ‘Un 31992 35919
Bradford – Telegraph & Argus 22915 25443
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 18241 19249
Leeds – Yorkshire Evening Post 31198 34851
Leeds – Yorkshire Post 35940 38411
Daily Post (Wales) 29577 30606
The Leader (Wrexham, Flintshire & Chester) 14545 15497