Free circulation in Spain

Less than four years ago, in 2006, there were almost 5 million copies of free daily newspapers distributed in Spain every weekday. At the end of 2009 this has dropped to less than half of that: 2.3 million. Compared to 2008 (3.9 million copies), circulation dropped with 43%.

One of the reasons is the high number of closures in Spain, with the closing down of Metro (January 2009) as the most dramatic event. But also local titles in Bilbao, Valencia, Alicante, Malaga, Pamplona, Almeria, Benidorm, Madrid, Mallorca and the Barcelona area stopped publication. Free airline daily Iberia Universal closed this year while business paper La Gaceta de los Negocios went paid.

But also the three remaining national titles 20 Minutos, Què! and ADN went down in circulation as the graph below (click to enlarge) shows. Both Què! and ADN closed several editions (La Coruna, Mallorca, Murcia, Cartagena, San Sebastian, Santander, Castellón, Huesca, Pamplona, Vigo, Alicante, La Rioja, Cadiz and Jerez).

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