- As of 2021, average annual US newspaper publishing industry expenditure per consumer unit decreased to $25.36, lower than the previous year by more than $10.
- As of 2023, average national UK newspaper cover prices have increased 14% year-on-year.
- As of 2022, newspapers and magazines in the US are priced 43.43% higher on average when compared to 2013.
- As of 2022, around 20% of consumers are willing to pay for news.
- During the same year, 64.8% of newspaper companies had raised their print prices within the last 12 months.
- 49.3% also anticipated raising prices over the coming year.
- 52.2% of newspaper publishers believe increasing prices led to a decrease in their circulation.
- 23.9% of newspaper publishers believe increasing prices did not have an impact on their circulation.
- 2.2% of newspaper publishers believe increasing prices in fact led to an increase in their circulation.
- In the US the price of newsprint has risen to around $800 a ton, as of 2022.
Global print newspaper price increases
- As of 2022, 41.3% of national and regional newspapers that opted to increase their prices made increases between 11 – 20%.
- 30.4% of newspaper companies chose to increase prices by 0 – 10%.
- 13.0% looked to increase prices by between 21 – 30%.
- 4.4% of publishers raised prices by more than 50%.
|Percentage increase||Percentage of publishers|
|0 – 10%||30.4%|
|11 – 20%||41.3%|
|21 – 30%||13.0%|
|31 – 40%||8.7%|
|41 – 50%||2.2%|
A graph is given below to show global print newspaper price increases (%) by percentage of newspapers for the given data in 2022:
US weekly digital newspaper subscription prices
- As of 2017, 30% of publishers priced their weekly digital newspaper subscription between $2.00 – $2.99.
- 27% of publishers priced their weekly digital newspaper subscription between $1.00 – $1.99.
- 20% of publishers priced their weekly digital newspaper subscription between $3.00 – $3.99.
- Just 2% of publishers priced their weekly digital newspaper subscription upwards of $5.00.
|Subscription price||Percentage of publishers|
|$0.00 – $0.99||11%|
|$1.00 – $1.99||27%|
|$2.00 – $2.99||30%|
|$3.00 – $3.99||20%|
|$4.00 – $4.99||10%|
A graph is given below to show US weekly digital newspaper subscription prices for the given data in 2017:
US yearly print newspaper subscription prices
- For the given US newspapers over the period, each publisher had increased its annual print subscription price at each four-year interval.
- Of the analysed newspapers, The New York Times had the highest yearly print subscription price at $978 as of 2016.
- Los Angeles Daily News had the lowest yearly print subscription price, at $120.
- The Los Angeles Times showed the biggest percentage increase in its annual subscription price over the period at 500.00%.
- Star Tribune had the lowest percentage increase over the period at 32.89%.
|Los Angeles Times||$104||$162||$624||500.00%|
|New York Daily News||$80||$236||$390||387.50%|
|The Washington Post||$187||$305||$559||198.93%|
|The Philadelphia Inquirer||$273||$316||$619||126.74%|
|The Wall Street Journal||$249||$374||$525||110.84%|
|Los Angeles Daily News||$58||$70||$120||106.90%|
|New York Post||$208||$363||$389||87.02%|
|The Boston Globe||$403||$481||$746||85.11%|
|The New York Times||$530||$608||$978||84.53%|
A graph is given below to show the 5 highest US yearly print newspaper subscription prices for the given data in 2016:
US newspaper and magazine price by year
For newspaper and magazines, accurate pricing has become a key driver to attract and retain consumers. As each industry has struggled with losses in revenue (causing reductions in the numbers of newspaper employees and magazine employees), clever pricing can help brands resume growth once more.
- As of 2022, the average price for US newspapers and magazines was 43.43% higher than in 2013.
- The average price of all items in the US increased by 25.63% during the same period.
- The price of the average newspaper/magazine in the US grew 69% more compared to overall prices in the US.
- The average price of recreational books in the US dropped by 1.94% during the period.
- The price of the average newspaper/magazine in the US grew 104% more compared to recreational book prices in the US.
|Year||All items||Newspapers/magazines||Recreational books|
A graph is given below to show the CPI of US newspapers and magazines against other items:
UK national weekly newspaper cover prices
- For each of the given UK national weekly newspapers, cover prices have increased over the 3-year period.
- As of 2023, the highest priced UK national weekly newspapers in the given list were the Financial Times and the Observer, both priced at £3.50.
- The i, the Daily Star and the Sun were the lowest priced newspapers, each priced at £0.80.
- The Daily Express had a 60.00% increase in its cover price during the period, the largest percentage increase over the period of the given newspapers.
- The Observer had the lowest percentage increase of the given newspapers over the period at 9.38%.
|Daily Express||£0.75||£0.80||£1.20||+ 60.00%|
|Daily Star||£0.55||£0.60||£0.80||+ 45.45%|
|Daily Mirror||£0.85||£0.95||£1.20||+ 41.18%|
|The Sun||£0.60||£0.70||£0.80||+ 33.33%|
|Daily Mail||£0.70||£0.80||£0.90||+ 28.57%|
|The i||£0.65||£0.65||£0.80||+ 23.08%|
|Financial Times||£2.90||£3.10||£3.50||+ 20.69%|
|The Guardian||£2.20||£2.50||£2.50||+ 13.64%|
|The Times||£2.20||£2.20||£2.50||+ 13.64%|
|The Daily Telegraph||£2.50||£2.50||£2.80||+ 12.00%|
|The Observer||£3.20||£3.50||£3.50||+ 9.38%|
A graph is given below to show the 5 highest UK national weekly newspaper cover prices for the given data in 2023: