Telegraph delivery surcharge doesn’t reduce sales

Nearly all of Telegraph readers retained their order following the surcharge being introduced

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Introducing delivery surcharges on newspapers that cut retailer margins has little impact on sales, according to research by Newsteam Group.

The home news delivery firm covering 70% of the UK blocked new Telegraph orders and added a surcharge on existing deliveries after the paper reduced margins to just 19.1% earlier this month.

More than 99.9% of Telegraph readers maintained their order after the 4p surcharge and 30 new Telegraph orders are “on hold” due to the protest.

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“This highlights the public support for our services versus the Telegraph’s actions,” said Newsteam’s head of client relations, Paul Goddard.

Goddard said Telegraph margins returning to 20.5% in August should not be viewed as a pay increase. “It’s what we should be getting now,” he said.

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