Newspaper circulation figures for the second half of last year show falls for all of the Ireland's main daily and Sunday newspapers compared with the same period in 2008.

The Audit Bureau of Circulation figures show that in the daily market, the Irish Independent still leads the way with an average of 149,906 a day, but this is down 3% on the same period a year earlier.

The Irish Times fell by 7.4% to 106,926 and the Irish Examiner dropped 6.6% to 49,096.

In the Sunday newspaper market, the Sunday World was 5.2% lower at 270,453, while the Sunday Independent's circulation was 268,140, down just 0.8%.

The Sunday Tribune lost 9.5% to 60,344 and the Sunday Business Post lost 4.9% to 52,271.

The Evening Herald lost 7.4% compared with a year earlier to 69,351, while Cork's Evening Echo fell 6.8% to 22,844.

The ABC report also provided figures for a number of websites, which showed RTÉ.ie with 2.93m unique users a month followed by Independent.ie with 2.3m and boards.ie with almost 1.8m.

Daft.ie, Eircom.net and Irishtimes.com all recorded more than 1m unique users.