Newspaper and magazine wholesalers Smiths News and Menzies Distribution have both been awarded new contracts with News International.

Smiths News extended its contract with the publisher for a further five years until July 2019. It will also take over News International’s Direct to Retail business outside London.

“This announcement underlines the strength of our wholesale proposition and we believe News International’s decision to transfer a significant part of their DTR operations across to Smiths News demonstrates the importance of our track record, continued investment and service excellence,” said CEO Mark Cashmore.

Menzies Distribution also secured its contract through to 2019. It will also expand its footprint with News International to include the distribution of titles in Kent, Lancashire and Northern Ireland.

“I am very pleased that we have concluded negotiations with News International and that we will be expanding our relationship into new territories,” said MD David McIntosh.