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ABC Stats (Jan-Jun 2012)

Posted by Scott On August - 15 - 2012

The new ABC FasFax data for the Jan-Jun 2012 period has been released.  Sixty-two (62) titles reported single copy sales in both the 6/12 and 6/11 reporting periods here in Canada.

The single copy sales numbers, while down, were modest (down 1.7%), compared to the same period a year ago.  And it was certainly a better result that the previous ABC Fas Fax results from the Jul-Dec 2011 period (down 2.4%).

A few things to remember:

1.  These numbers are not necessarily indicative of pure newsstand sales, as bulk single copy sales, office copy sales, trade show singles can be included.

2.  The numbers are in part estimates, as some issues are not closed/final when circulators are required to make their rate base claims.  This can lead to conservative under-estimates, or aggressive over-estimates.

3.  Given the small pool of magazines (62 in Canada) the big players’ results can skew the overall number down if they are struggling  (more on this in a moment).

4.  Keep in mind the fact that the French language and English language magazine markets can respond differently (more on this in a moment).

In total thirty six (36) titles reported single copy sales down (58% of the total titles reporting), while twenty-six (26) reported single copy sales increasing (or 42% of the ABC class).

Uppers (English Langauge):

  1. Best Health up 69.9%
  2. More up 29.4%
  3. Canada’s History up 23.6%   
  4. Canadian Business up 17.1%
  5. Today’s Parent up14.6%
  6. Canadian Living up 8.2%
  7. LouLou up 6.2%
  8. Style at Home up 5%
  9. Toronto Life up 4%
  10. Canadian House & Home up 2.3%
  11. Readers Digest up 2%
  12. Maclean’s up 1.2%
  13. GardenMaking up .4%
  14. Chateline up .2%

Uppers (French Language):

  1. Bel Age up 482.6%
  2. Chatelaine up 30.3%
  3. Animal up 22.9%
  4. Vita up 17.6%
  5. Fleurs Plantes Jardins up 12.2%
  6. Selection Readers Digest up 7.8%
  7. Clin D’Oeil up 6.5%
  8. A Vos Pinceaux up 4.3%
  9. L’Actualite up 3.6%
  10. Moi & La Cuisine up 3.1%
  11. Cool! up 2.9%
  12. Elle Quebec up 2.2%

Flare took a big hit (down 33.4%) from an average of 18,261 to 12,170…the largest % decline in the ABC set.   Market leader Hello! was (down 18.2%) from an average of 84,649 to 69,225.  Without the benefit of a Royal Wedding, this kind of wild swing can happen from a big, big, upside in the previous year. 

To put the ABC single copy stats in context, had both Flare and Hello! simply posted comparable numbers to prior year, the outcome to the overall ABC single copy sale results would show an increase in single copy sales for the Jan-Jun 2012 period.

Of the twenty-seven (27) English language ABC titles reporting, fourteen (14) reported sales declines while thirteen (13) reported sales gains.  In total, English language magazines single copy sales were actually up (yes by a hair at .3%, but up).  This has the look of a fairly balanced market.

Of the thirty-five (35) French language ABC titles reporting, twenty-two (22) reported sales declines, with just thirteen (13) reporting single copy sales improvement.  These rather unfortunate results pulled down the overall ABC number.

For an interesting overview from the U.S. see this link at Folio:  http://www.foliomag.com/2012/abc-bumpy-first-half-consumer-magazine-circ-newsstand

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Scott Bullock is a veteran circulation expert with over 38 years experience in both Canada and the United States. He has worked on trade titles such as Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal and Small Press in the USA. In consumer magazines, Scott was the Circulation Director for D Magazine (the city magazine of Dallas, Texas), and in Canada he was the Circulation Director for Toronto Life, Fashion, and Canadian Art. From 2000 to 2004, Scott was a partner at Coast to Coast Newsstand Services. Scott has also held the post of VP Sales & Marketing, for CDS Global, Canada. Currently, CoversSell.Com is Scott’s circulation consultancy. Active clients include: Fly Fusion, Canadian Geographic, Canadian House & Home, Canada’s History, Canadian Real Estate Wealth, Canadian Woodworking, Canadian Cycling, Canadian Running, Canadian Scrapbooker, Legion, Harrowsmith, SkyNews, and SuperTrax.

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