2010: hardly any closures compared to 2009
2009 was a very bad year for free newspapers – that is for the ones that closed down or suffered because of competition and the economy. In 2010, the worst seems to be behind us.
In 2007 30 titles (52 editions) closed down, a year later 33 free dailies closed (77 editions) while in 2009 no less than 42 titles (97 editions) were terminated. In the first 8 months of 2010, however, only 3 titles (4 editions) were closed. (Click on the graph for a better view.)
The development of circulation, titles and countries with free newspapers (1995-2010) was covered in a previous post.