News UK DTR (Direct to Retail) has extended plans to delay its carriage charge review by another two months.

The move comes a week after Smiths News pledged to freeze its carriage charges for 12 months. The company told the NFRN its next review would now take place in May 2021, after previously deferring the review until March.

News UK DTR supplies nearly 6,000 retail outlets inside the M25, area with the Sun and the Times.

NFRN national president, Stuart Reddish said: “Carriage charges are unfair and illogical. As each year progresses and the charges rise, they become even more damaging to member’s businesses. At such a difficult time financially for many retailers, any further increases could push yet more newsagents out of business.

“News UK DTR’s latest announcement is further good news for retailers. We are pleased that the company is acknowledging the challenging financial position that many news retailers are currently experiencing and has decided to further delay its review.”