Special report: MAGAZINE ABCs Jan-Jun 2011
The Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) has adapted its consumer magazine reporting standards to allow publishers to include their overseas digital editions.
Premium men's magazines GQ and Esquire have reported advertising lifts for their October issues, against a backdrop of falling circulation and editorial cuts in the lads' mag sector.
The BBC's Radio Times magazine will continue to be one of Britain's best-selling magazines regardless of who owns it, according to editor Ben Preston.
Customer publishing, once dismissed as vanity publishing, accounted for six of the top 10 largest circulating magazines in the first six months of the year, and a quarter of all titles in the Top 100.
Publishers of struggling men's lifestyle titles have maintained their magazines will still be around in the next five years, despite falling circulations.
BBC Homes & Antiques posted the greatest circulation rise year on year in the homes and gardens sector, but increased bulk copies helped some magazines in the home interests sector avoid year-on-year circulation falls.
Circulations in the TV listings sector have shifted towards lower-priced titles, with the private equity-bound Radio Times dropping 4.9% year on year while H Bauer's TV Choice and IPC's What's On TV gained ground.
Private Eye, the satirical fortnightly title, has retained its position as the UK's leading domestic current affairs magazine ahead of its 50th birthday celebrations in the autumn.
Bauer Media-owned Heat has reported the steepest circulation drop in the celebrity weekly sector, falling to improve since the loss of editor Sam Delaney, and down more than a fifth since the first six months of 2010.
Moshi Monsters, the magazine offshoot of the hit children's virtual game, was one of the big winners across the children's sectors while kids turned their noses up at The Simpsons.
IPC Media is standing by its real life weekly Pick Me Up, despite it suffering the heaviest of year-on-year falls in a sector publishers say is reeling from the economic downturn.
The first six months of 2011 proved be another challenging period for magazines in the UK, with notable winners and losers across the top 100 magazines by circulation.
The men's traditional lads' titles continue their eye-watering falls, typified by weekly Zoo falling more than 32% on the year, but some of the lesser-known health titles offered some respite for publishers.
Hearst magazines' latest ABC results, before the group merged Natmag and Hachette Filipacchi, show there remain challenges ahead, with former Natmag title Company posting the biggest drop in the women's lifestyle sector, falling 17.1% year on year.
The average weekly circulation of the NME dropped below 30,000 over the first half of the year as leading music magazines suffered heavy sales falls, figures released today reveal.
BBC Top Gear Magazine has increased its dominance among the automotive titles by virtue of holding sales steady while rivals fell, with Bauer's Car down 13.5%.
While publishers, media agencies and advertisers mull over the latest magazine ABC figures, here's a look back at some of the methods used by the press to promote their titles during the first six months of 2011.
Ahead of today's magazine ABCs, PPA chief executive Barry McIlheney offers his thoughts on the evolving magazine industry and the need to look beyond the headline print figures.
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