July ABCs: Star Sunday cleans up after NoW closure

Speculation over which newspapers former News of the World readers would switch to in the wake of its sudden closure can finally be put aside after the ABC figures for July were released.

Richard Desmond’s Daily Star Sunday was given a staggering shot in the arm with a 130 per cent monthly increase taking its circulation to 703,631 – meaning it sold nearly 400,000 (or 90 per cent) more copies than in June.

All of the tabloids introduced price-cutting offers to attract NoW readers in the wake of the phone hacking scandal and they all reaped the rewards.

In a possible sign of the damage done to News International, NoW‘s parent company, its Sunday Times paper dropped below the one million sales mark for the first time since 1962, the year monthly newspaper audits began.

Mail on Sunday

Headline circulation: 2,255,399

Month-on-month change: +16.99%

Year-on-year change: +15.39%

Sunday Mirror

Headline circulation: 1,786,454

Month-on-month change: +64.23%

Year-on-year change: +54.66%

Sunday Times

Headline circulation: 993,768

Month-on-month change: -0.71%

Year-on-year change: -6.96%

The People

Headline circulation: 806,544

Month-on-month change: +69.96%

Year-on-year change: +49.45%

Daily Star Sunday

Headline circulation: 703,631

Month-on-month change: +129.96%

Year-on-year change: +90.15%

Sunday Express

Headline circulation: 648,806

Month-on-month change: +20.27%

Year-on-year change: +14.08%

Sunday Telegraph

Headline circulation: 501,379

Month-on-month change: +5.62%

Year-on-year change: -0.76%

The Observer

Headline circulation: 288,842

Month-on-month change: -0.03%

Year-on-year change: -8.19%

Independent on Sunday

Headline circulation: 167,247

Month-on-month change: +10.59%

Year-on-year change: +7.51%

(Source: MediaGuardian)

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