Retailers in Northern Ireland who feared a rise in carriage charges would ‘kill their businesses’ have received confirmation of the increase.

EM News wrote to retailers two weeks ago informing them that charges would go up, but said it was reviewing the details.

Now the wholesaler has written to retailers outlining their individual price hikes, blaming the increase on “volatile fuel pricing and continued falling sales in the print media sector”.

Northern Ireland retailers already pay the highest carriage charges in the UK because they receive papers from two wholesalers: EM News and Newspread.

Eugene Diamond of Diamond’s in Ballymena said his weekly EM News charge is increasing by 3.5% to £56.30. A store selling news seven days a week will now pay between £45.68 and £67.18. The higher rate will come into effect on 19 December.