Media: ABCs show Sunday drop

The three biggest Sunday quality papers all hit new circulation lows, according to October's ABC figures.

However, The Independent on Sunday's circulation was up, excluding the impact of shedding its overseas edition.

News International's market-leading Sunday Times fell 8.5 per cent year on year to 967,990 copies, its lowest figure since the early 1960s.

The same was true for The Sunday Telegraph, which dropped 6.8 per cent to 471,894 copies, and The Observer, which hit a new low of 268,355 copies.

The Independent on Sunday registered an ABC of 130,942 copies. It stopped printing overseas copies in October. Once overseas copies are stripped out, its circulation is up by 2.6 per cent year on year.

The Sunday Times and The Sunday Telegraph include their overseas copies in their ABCs, in contrast to The Observer and The Independent on Sunday.

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