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Evening Times sees sales decline

The Herald and Evening Times
The Evening Times is the sister paper of The Herald

Glasgow's Evening Times was one of the biggest fallers among Scotland's local newspapers last year, as all but three saw circulation decline.

Industry figures show the Glasgow title's average daily sale fall by more than 13%, ending the year below 60,000.

Only three Scottish local papers saw their circulation rise in 2009, out of 120 that are audited every six months.

Scotland's national papers have also seen sharp declines, but their monthly results are published separately.

The Evening Times, sister paper of The Herald, was also the fastest faller among evening papers in 2008, down by 8%.

London-based titles

Other city evening papers were in decline, but by less: Aberdeen's Evening Express and Dundee Evening Telegraph were down 2% during the year, and the Edinburgh Evening News was down nearly 6%.

According to the latest figures, The Press and Journal, based in Aberdeen, saw circulation decline by 3% to 75,500 in December 2009, while the Courier, headquartered in Dundee, saw sales down 5% to less than 66,000.

Two of the three local papers which saw their circulation rise in 2009 were based in Aberdeenshire - covering Ellon and Inverurie as well as Kincardineshire - plus the West Highland Free Press, based in Broadford, Skye.

The most recent figures for national newspapers revealed that the Daily Record's circulation in January was down 10% on the previous year, at 332,000. Of them, 14,000 were sold outside Scotland.

The Herald fell 9% to less than 57,000 while The Scotsman fell 7% over the year, to 47,000 average daily sales.

Of the London-based titles selling in Scotland, The Sun remained the biggest selling daily, down 7% to just below 352,000.

The Scottish Daily Mail sold 3% fewer copies over 2009, reaching 115,600 by January. The Daily Express in Scotland sold 67,200, down by 7%.

The Times was down 14% to 24,000, while The Daily Telegraph declined by 7% in the year to January, reaching 21,300.

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