Newspaper sales in Ireland fell by 7% over the second half of last year compared to the same period in 2011.

The falls were seen both across the Sunday and daily markets.

The Audit Bureau of Circulation figures show that The Irish Independent is still the highest circulation daily newspaper despite a 5.5% dip in sales to just under 124,000.

The Irish Times circulation fell by 8% to 88,356 a day.

The Sunday Independent is also still the biggest selling Sunday title despite seeing a 5.4% drop in circulation to 237,000.

The ABC figures also show that The Irish Examiner and Sunday Business Post each dropped below 40,000 sales a day. The Sunday World sales figures decreased by 13.6% year-on-year.