Salford City News Newsquest

Newsquest has announced cover price rises and retailer margin cuts for five of its regional titles.

From 13 July, independent retailers in south-west England will see cover prices of the Sidmouth Herald, Weston Mercury, Exmouth Journal and Budleigh Journal increase by 10p to £1.

Newsquest has also announced that it will slash retail percentage margins as a result of its term changes.

For the Weston Mercury, margins will drop to 22.5%, while the Sidmouth and Ottery Herald margins will be cut to 21.5%, and Exmouth and Budleigh Journal margins will fall to 19.5%.

The publisher blamed the “ever-increasing cost of newsprint, fuel, energy and staffing”.

A Fed spokesperson said: “The Fed are disappointed with the margin changes.”

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