Family Circle magazine is closing after 42 years on British news stands after circulation declined steadily in the face of stiff competition for female readers.

Family Circle's monthly circulation has fallen to about 113,000, or about one-fifth of its peak in 1988 when publisher IPC bought it. IPC is the UK arm of Time Inc, which is owned by US media conglomerate Time Warner.

"Family Circle in its heyday was one of Britain's biggest selling monthlies, but sales have been in decline for some time," said Jackie Newcombe, managing director for IPC SouthBank, the publisher's division of women's and home magazines.

"Despite numerous attempts to reinvigorate the title, the time has come for us to accept the market has moved on," she added.

The typical Family Circle reader is a 52-year-old married woman and homeowner, and about half of them have children.

The magazine supplies recipes, family travel ideas and beauty tips about how to look younger.

The final UK issue will be the December edition, which will go on sale on November 9.

The magazine was launched in 1964.