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Circulation gains for The Sun, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Star and The Daily Record in January 2012


By Stephen Lepitak, -

February 10, 2012 | 2 min read

January 2012 saw an increase in circulation for The Daily Mirror, The Sun, The Daily Star and The Daily Record on figures from December 2011, according to the latest ABC figures.

The Sun was the largest monthly increase, with a rise of 8.71% to 2,751,219 average daily sales from December’s total . The Daily Mirror also recorded growth of 2.78% from 1,092,182 copies a day in December, to 1,122,563 copies in January 2012. The Daily Record rose by 0.55% to 276,003 copies and the Daily Star by 1.22% to 624,029.

There was mixed fortunes in the National Morning Quality sector however, although in total it recorded a circulation growth of 0.54%. Titles such as The Daily Telegraph (+1.56%), The Herald (+0.24%), i (+9.74%) and The Scotsman (+1.77%) all achieved monthly growth. However The Financial Times (-4.20%), The Guardian (-0.15%), The Independent (-2.06) and The Times (-0.26%), all lost ground at the start of the year.

Mid-morning market title The Daily Mail saw an increase of 0.82% to reach 2,011,283 copies a day while The Daily Express fell by 1.63% to 586,707 copies.

National Sunday Quality titles, in the main, also achieved growth, with Scotland on Sunday rising by 11.11% to 50,726, while The Sunday Herald also grew by 7.95% to reach 31,106 copies. The Sunday Telegraph saw monthly growth of 1.97% to 461m772 copies and The Sunday Times reached 967,975 copies (+2.29%).

However, The Independent on Sunday lost 3.09% of its circulation in the same period, down to 124,428, and Independent on Sunday fell by 0.88% to 264,321 copies.

The Sunday Mirror experienced growth of 3.01% with 1,753,202 copies while Sunday Express dropped by 3.02% to 607,894.

Slight increases were also experienced by The Sunday Post (+0.18%) and The Mail on Sunday (0.63%). The Sunday Mail achieved average sales of 370,355 (+1.40%) while the People fell to 770,772 (-1.22%).

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