The circulation of The Sun climbed back over three million in January but The Daily Star was the only tabloid or mid-market newspaper to achieve a year-on-year rise.
Richard Desmond's Star extended the run of year-on-year circulation increases it has been enjoying since it slashed its cover price to 20p in November 2008.
Last month the Star's circulation rose 1.41 per cent year-on-year to average 779,376, figures released today by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
Despite a year-on-year fall of 4.43 per cent The Sun still managed to push its circulation back over three million with a month-on-month increase of 5.02 per cent to take it to 3,006,565.
The biggest faller of the dailies was the Daily Mirror as it recorded a year-on-year fall of 10.86 per cent to an average circulation of 1,366,891 last month.
The circulation of all tabloid or mid-market Sunday newspapers fell year-on-year yet all but the Sunday Express was up month-on-month with the News of the World leading the way with a 6.90 per cent increase to an average weekly circulation in January of 2,984,469.
National newspaper circulations for January (source ABC) with percentage change year on year
National Morning Popular
- Daily Mirror, 1,218,425 -10.86
- Daily Record, 323,831 -8.60
- Daily Star, 779,376 1.41
- The Sun, 3,006,565 -4.43
National Morning Mid Market
- Daily Express, 674,640 -8.38
- Daily Mail, 2,120,347 -3.64
National Sunday Popular
- Daily Star Sunday, 358,814 -0.20
- News of the World, 2,984,469 -1.54
- Sunday Mail, 395,126 -10.63
- Sunday Mirror, 1,124,620 -9.60
- The People, 532,975 -10.36
National Sunday Mid Market
- Sunday Express, 585,023 -9.58
- Sunday Post, 337,398 -7.88
- The Mail on Sunday, 2,048,008 -4.07