ABC FIGURES: ABCs show circulation rises for UK publishers

Consumer titles achieved another strong six-month period of sales fuelled by new launches and growth in the women's weekly, teenage and news and current affairs sectors.

Most major publishers had a good period. BBC Magazines and Conde Nast boasted the strongest sales growth with BBC achieving a 5.9 per cent year-on-year sales increase. Conde Nast, the publisher of Glamour and GQ, grabbed a 5.5 per cent rise.

Peter Phippen, the managing director of BBC Magazines, said: "As well as investing in our existing portfolio of titles, we are launching and acquiring new ones - all aimed at making BBC Magazines the fastest-growing consumer magazine publisher."

Nicholas Coleridge, the managing director of Conde Nast, said: "Virtually every number in our portfolio is up, across all categories. They're a rock-solid crew."

Emap's Entertainment and Performance divisions also achieved healthy growth after the launch of titles including Closer and Sneak. However, established titles in the glossy Elan division, such as New Woman and The Face, fared less well.

The National Magazine Company had a slight increase in sales of 1 per cent over the year, despite a drop in sales at its flagship women's title, Cosmopolitan.

However, IPC experienced a slight decline in sales after disappointing figures for 19, Loaded, Mizz, Woman and Marie Claire.

Hachette Filipacchi, which now publishes the former Emap titles Elle and Red, suffered a 3.4 per cent fall in sales after large sales drops for B and Sugar.

The launch of the celebrity weeklies New! and Closer drove a 4.7 per cent year-on-year growth in the women's weekly market. The news and current affairs sector rose 12.5 per cent with growth among all major titles.

Phil Cutts, the director of marketing at the Periodical Publishers Association, said: "The ABCs have again demonstrated continuing demand for magazines, with new titles expanding the marketplace. The new figures also indicated that, through good investment in the product, large established magazines continue to flourish."