Kerrang! consolidated its position as the sector's leading weekly title with a period-on-period increase of just over 9 per cent.
Although it failed to match its year-on-year rise of more than 60 per cent, the metal mag was able to pull further away from its nearest rival NME, which steadily increased its growth rate to 2.3 per cent.
NME's editorial director, Steve Sutherland, was pleased with the title's performance. He said: "We've just done the job we've always done and are slowly making good progress. Luckily the NME doesn't have its colours nailed to a particular mast, so we're not likely to fall victim to the volatility of the market in the way that other music mags may."
Among the monthlies, Q remains the market leader despite a fall in sales of 10.2 per cent. In contrast, Mojo continues to perform well, boasting a yearly growth rate of almost 15 per cent.
Classic Rock and Metal Hammer followed in Kerrang!'s footsteps with impressive period-on-period rises in circulation, whereas the dance mags Ministry and Muzik have fallen foul of the public's new-found apathy toward clubbing, posting heavy circulation losses for the period.
The only dance mag to hold its own was mixmag, although Emap accepted that the title must evolve if it is to be spared the fate suffered by its rivals.
VERDICT: Another good showing by the rock titles, but in a sector as cyclical as this, sustained growth is unlikely.
TITLE PUBLISHER TOTAL ABC PERIOD ON YEAR ON
PERIOD % YEAR
Q Emap 180,168 -10.20 -10.00
mixmag Emap 100,336 0.10 -0.10
Mojo Emap 100,138 3.40 14.90
Kerrang! Emap 83,988 9.30 60.20
Uncut IPC 83,487 14.10 31.80
NME IPC 72,057 2.30 2.70
Ministry MoS 65,030 -21.70 -13.60
Metal Hammer Future 44,070 10.00 15.90
Classic Rock Future 38,554 21.30 19.60
Muzik IPC 36,018 -11.20 -18.50
Rock Sound IXO 32,074 2.8 18.80
Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations (Jan-June 2002).