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Future’s UK ABCs show growth in music and next-generation games

15 February 2007 Future, the special-interest media company, which sells over five million magazines every month worldwide, today announces the latest ABC results for 55 titles of its UK portfolio for the 12 months ending December 2006.

Future’s portfolio reports a number of ABC increases, despite tough newsstand conditions. Digital Camera becomes the UK’s fastest growing photography title, thanks to a rise of 49% year on year to 46,932 copies. Craft magazine, Simply Knitting also posted similar growth, up 46%, now selling 36,177 copies a month as the UK’s number one knitting magazine.

Music
Future’s music-listening magazines, Classic Rock and Metal Hammer continued their long run of successive ABC rises. Classic Rock increased its readership for a fifth consecutive ABC, maintaining its position as the UK’s fastest growing rock music magazine as sales went up by 25% year-on-year to 62,699 copies. Metal Hammer rounded off its successful 20th anniversary with its sixth successive ABC increase and the magazine’s highest ever sales figure, posting an 11% year-on-year rise to 48,977 copies.

Games
Magazines focusing on currently available next-generation consoles, the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360 continued their growth. Xbox 360: The Official Magazine reported a 31% period-on-period increase from its debut ABC, whilst Official Nintendo Magazine added 21% more copies period-on-period to its ABC, with the magazine growing under Future’s direction, after taking over the title from Emap in January 2006.

In line with games industry expectations, Future’s PlayStation titles posted significant declines as gamers waited for Sony’s next-generation console, now due to launch in the UK in March.

Digital Creative
The highly-targeted digital creative arts titles increased their readership by 42% over the last 12 months, thanks to the successful launch of ImagineFX and a programme of redesign and promotional activity – which saw the Computer Arts Projects scoop the 2006 PPA Production Award.

Future’s UK Managing Director, Robert Price commented:

“Despite the continuing challenges in some of our key host markets, the latest ABCs contain plenty for Future to celebrate. Large circulation increases for magazines like Digital Camera and Simply Knitting, excellent performances from music-listening and digital creative titles as well as encouraging growth from games titles focusing on the next-gen consoles from Nintendo and Microsoft all illustrate that magazines written by and for enthusiasts are still much in demand if the content is right.

“Initial signs for our PlayStation 3-focused Official PlayStation Magazine signal another successful launch from our games team and as we continue to develop our business online, Future’s specialist content is reaching more enthusiasts than ever before.”

For the full ABC listing please follow this link: Future UK ABC Dec 2006

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