The number of convenience stores and supermarkets selling newspapers and magazines rose significantly in 2002, according to the Association of Newspaper and Magazine Wholesalers.
The ANMW said 242 convenience retailers and 130 supermarkets entered the market in the year to September 2002. But the association's MD Terry Perry said these gains were at the expense of smaller independents, whose ranks had shrunk by almost 300 during the year. The number of petrol stations stocking newspapers and magazines stayed stable.
Perry said: "The quality of news outlets is constantly improving and the consumer is also benefiting from the wider availability of newspaper and magazine products."

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