Among the magazines with the largest number of single-copy sales, only four saw increases at the newsstand through the first half of 2014: Prevention and Women's Health, which are owned by Rodale; HGTV Magazine, a joint venture between Hearst and Scripps; and All You, a Time Inc. title.
Industry-wide, single-copy sales slipped 11.9% from January through June compared with a year earlier, according to a report Thursday from the Alliance for Audited Media, which tracks magazine circulation. That's worse than the 11.1% decline magazines experienced during the last six months of 2013.
The report notes that sales were likely hurt by the June closure of Source Interlink, a company that delivers magazines to newsstands. Weeklies endured the brunt of its closure, affecting a company like Time Inc., which publishes weeklies Time, People and Sports Illustrated.
Meanwhile, paid subscriptions were down 1.8% during this period, with total paid and verified circulation off nearly 2%, according to the report.
Digital editions provided some relief, with magazines reporting 11.6 million digital replica editions, up nearly 14% from last year. But digital issues comprise just 3.8% of total circulation.
Magazine single-copy sales have been declining for years as readers increasingly consume media on digital devices. At the same time, retail outlets have replaced some of the coveted space in checkout aisles with products like candy to help bolster their own revenue, further hurting magazine sales.
Here's how Prevention, All You, HGTV Magazine and Women's Health bucked this trend.