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Regional Newspaper Publishing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Regional Newspaper Publishing Market Research Report | SIC UK0.023 | Nov 2016

Industry epilogue: The shift towards online media has cemented the industry's decline

IBISWorld’s Regional Newspaper Publishing market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Gannett UK Ltd Gannett UK Ltd market share
Johnston Press Johnston Press market share
Trinity Mirror plc Trinity Mirror plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Strong competition from online sources has placed heavy pressure on industry operators
  • Rising advertising spending has helped to curtail the extend of the industry's decline
  • Less profitable titles are expected to shift to the free, weekly paper model over the next five years
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Operating conditions in the industry have been difficult over the past five years, as the rise of digital media has made it easy for consumers to access a diverse range of news articles and reports for free. The rising popularity of online classified websites like has also influenced industry performance negatively, as online services have supplanted newspaper classifieds. However, the growth in advertising spending softened the pace of decline slightly because display and classified advertisements account for a major share of industry revenue. Nevertheless, the benefits of higher advertising spending were limited as external competition for advertising revenue intensified. Industry revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 3.5%... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

The Regional Newspaper Publishing industry is in apparent terminal decline. Circulation rates have been falling for a number of years, as people have become increasingly time-poor and interest in local matters has waned. During the past decade, the rise of digital media, which provides consumers with access to a wealth of free, competing information sources, as well as the emergence of online classifieds and other competing websites, have, together, effectively written the industry's obituary. However, rebounding economic conditions have enhanced advertising spending over the past five years, which has restricted the pace of decline to a certain extent, as display and classified advertisements generate a large share of industry revenue. Ind.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Regional Newspaper Publishing Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Regional Newspaper Publishing Industry are

  • Having a good reputation
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Access to a highly skilled workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from advertising agencies and Percentage of households with internet access in the Regional Newspaper Publishing industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Regional Newspaper Publishing Industry?

    Companies in this industry publish newspapers that are aimed at a particular local or regional community. The industry does not include publications that only appear online. National newspapers are also excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
    Daily and Sunday papersPaid weekly papersFree weekly papers
    Industry Activities
    Publishing of daily newspapersPublishing of weekly newspapersPublishing of digital news contentNewsgatheringSelling advertising space

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from advertising agencies
  • Percentage of households with internet access
  • Business profit
  • Real household disposable income
  • Current Performance
  • Key challenges
  • Advertising spending expands
  • Profitability falls
  • Consolidation activity
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Advertising trends upwards
  • Digital future
  • Margins decline
  • Regulatory environment
  • Table: Regional Newspaper Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Regional Newspaper Publishing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Estate Agents
  • Employment Placement Agencies
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • News Agencies
  • Newspaper Printing
  • Products & Services
  • Paid weekly papers
  • Free weekly papers
  • Daily and Sunday papers
  • Chart: Regional Newspaper Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 65 and over
  • People aged between 55 and 64
  • People aged between 45 and 54
  • People aged between 35 and 44
  • People aged between 25 and 34
  • People aged between 15 and 24
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Regional Newspaper Publishing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Regional Newspaper Publishing
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Regional Newspaper Publishing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Trinity Mirror plc
    Gannett UK Ltd
    Johnston Press plc
  • Table: Trinity Mirror plc - financial performance
  • Table: Gannett UK Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Johnston Press plc - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Regional Newspaper Publishing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Regional Newspaper Publishing Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Classified Advertising
  • A type of advertising appearing in a distinct section of a publication. Includes real estate, recruitment, auto trading, personal adds and other.
  • Display Advertising
  • Advertising displayed next to or within text. Includes mainly businesses selling goods and services.
  • Hyper-Local
  • Hyper-local refers to information oriented around a well-defined community, with its primary focus directed toward the concerns of the population in that community.
  • Part-Paid Part-Free
  • A business model where a proportion of the total circulation is given away for free in some areas but charged for in others.

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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Regional Newspaper Publishing market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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