The decline in retailers selling newspapers and magazines has been slower in the UK than in other markets around the world, new research shows.

Figures from the Association of Newspaper and Magazine Wholesalers and Distripress Circulation Monitor, which tracks 43 countries, shows the average rate of decline between 2013 and 2017 was 4.6%, compared to just 0.5% in the UK.

There are a total of 53,318 outlets in the country selling either newspapers or magazines or both.

Jim Bilton, founder of media consultancy Wessenden Marketing, said: “Despite all the pressures, the UK still has a relatively robust press retailing universe. But how big a retail universe do newspapers and magazines need? Is the business able to support and resource the retail sector properly?”

But the NFRN’s head of news, Brian Murphy, said he did not believe a reduction in the number of outlets would improve the pressure on the supply chain, adding a reduction would just lead to a knock-on reduction in resources.