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The significant hit of regional newspaper closures

Mark Fletcher
November 18th, 2020 · No Comments

I am grateful to have seen comprehensive sales data for October 2020 compared to 2019 for a range of regional newsagencies. In this data, the impact of the loss of regional newspapers is laid bare.

In one case, the business lost several thousand transactions in a month. With more than half their local newspaper sales being a local newspaper and nothing else, the paper closure removes a reason for a chunk of shopper visits.

Remove enough of these reasons and you impact the broader health of the newsagency.

More traditional newsagencies rely on layered traffic courses, with regional / local newsapapers being one of these.

While the loss of a local newspaper is not easily addressed by newsagents, the businesses that fare best are those that pull shoppers for a diverse mix of purposes.

Net new traffic attraction remains a key business activity for all retailers in our channel. Our suppliers focus on their category, as they should. It is up to us to focus on traffic for our businesses.


Category: Newsagency management

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