Newspaper sales fell sharply in the first half of the year compared to the same period of 2012, according to the latest figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

Fewer than 496,000 morning newspapers were sold between January and June according to the figures, 7% lower than in the same period of 2012.

In the Sunday market there were 834,374 newspapers sold, 9% lower than in the first half of 2012.

Meanwhile, evening newspaper sales fell 6% to just below 74,000.

In the morning newspaper market, The Irish Times dropped 9% to 84,201 while The Irish Examiner was down 5.8% to 37,897.

The figures include bulk sales.

The Irish Independent recorded a relatively small decline of 4% to 121,120, while The Irish Daily Mail was only down marginally with 51,675 sales.

In the Sunday market, the Sunday Independent fell 3% to 232,494, while The Sunday World was 7% lower at 211,161.

The Sunday Business Post, which recently exited an examinership process, was also 7% lower at 38,293 while The Sunday Times was down 8% at 98,328.

Meanwhile, The Evening Herald sold 4% fewer newspapers at 58,545, while Cork’s Evening Echo dropped 12% to 15,397.