News Ireland titles performing strongly according to latest ABC figures

  • The Sunday Times increases circulation by 3% to 79,751 copies
  • The Irish Sun retains title as best-selling daily tabloid in Ireland
  • Ireland edition of The Times sells almost 10,000 copies in first month


Figures released today by the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) show that The Sunday Times has increased sales to 79,751, while The Irish Sun remains the best-selling tabloid in the country.

The ABC figures, which cover the period January to June 2017, show that The Sunday Times has increased circulation by 3% since the same period last year. This means that The Sunday Times is now the fastest growing Sunday quality newspaper in Ireland. 

Earlier this year The Sunday Times unveiled a new streamlined design with easier navigation between the sections, underlining the title’s commitment to providing readers with quality journalism, information and ideas which prepare them for the week ahead, whether in their professional or personal lives.

A key highlight for The Sunday Times was the publication in March of the first stand-alone Irish Rich List which surveyed the wealth of the 300 richest individuals and families on the island of Ireland in a variety of areas including entertainment, sport, business, technology and construction.

On the daily front, The Irish Sun continues to be the best selling daily tabloid newspaper in Ireland. The latest ABC figures show that The Irish Sun is now selling 55,676 copies every day. 

The Irish Sun’s focus on ground-breaking crime and showbiz exclusives, campaigning journalism and its commitment to value, costing just €1 every day, has helped to ensure market leadership in the daily tabloid market. 

The Ireland edition of The Times, meanwhile, sold an average of 9,820 copies during its first month as a print publication, increasing further to 10,275 copies in month two. Building on the success of the digital format, which recently celebrated its 10,000th subscriber**, the Ireland edition of The Times launched the printed product in June 2017. This replaced the international edition previously in market and features balanced, professional news and analysis from an experienced Irish team including Niamh Lyons, Ireland political editor; John Walsh, Ireland business editor; Ellen Coyne, senior reporter and Aaron Rogan, senior reporter.

The new daily newspaper has received much praise for its work into a variety of areas including Brexit, maternity services and women’s healthcare in Ireland. Contributions from accomplished sports writers such as Henry Winter as well as analysis from pundits including former Irish international footballer Tony Cascarino and former Munster and British and Irish Lion Donncha O’Callaghan add to its extensive sports coverage.

While the Irish news team ensures readers are always in the know about national stories, an insight into the global news agenda is delivered via the wealth of content generated by over 200 journalists in London and 36 correspondents across six continents. This is complemented by superb contributions from international names such as Caitlin Moran and Giles Coren. 

Oliver Keenaghan, General Manager with News Ireland, says the latest ABC figures are an extremely positive result for the company. 

“News Ireland have recorded growth on two of our titles and maintained market leadership on another in a very challenging market which is a fantastic result.” 

“We are particularly delighted with the strong start the Ireland edition of The Times has made in the print market. While our competitors face difficult times and cut back expenditure, we will continue investing in all of quality journalism and we are particularly excited about the future plans we have in place for all four of our titles over the coming 12 months. We believe that this continued investment in all three of our titles will position us very well for the future.” 

*ABC figures quoted are for January to June 2017 

*All News Ireland print figures quoted are ABC audited  

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