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Circulation triumphs are rewarded

The partying continued into the night as Newsquest celebrated success at the group’s 2001 Newspaper Sales, Letterbox and Distribution Awards.

Chief executive Paul Davidson handed over the prizes in the ceremony at the Royal Court Hotel, Coventry.

The evening was hosted by Steve Lowe, newspaper sales manager at Newsquest (Sussex), and was attended by about 140 people.

The Best Centre performance went to Newsquest (Sussex) for the second successive year.

The winner of the Best Sales Performance for a Daily Paid-For Title was, for the second successive year, the South Wales Argus with a base sale increase of 1.5 per cent. The calculation is based upon ABC returns for January to December 2001 compared for corresponding period in 2000.

Highly Commended with a base sales increase of 0.5 per cent was the Bradford Telegraph & Argus and the Colchester Evening Gazette was awarded a certificate of merit.

Fifteen titles submitted entries for the best sales performance category for weekly paid-fors.

Shortlisted were the St Albans Observer, Tuesday Bury Times, Ilkley Gazette, Winsford and Middlewich Guardian and the Free Press of Monmouthshire.

Highly Commended was The Free Press of Monmouthshire with a huge sales increase of +28.4 per cent.

The winner, which changed from broadsheet to tabloid during the year and also changed its publication day, was the St Albans Observer. It recorded a sales increase of 34.79 per cent.

Certificates of merit went to the Tuesday Bury Times, Ilkley Gazette and Winsford and Middlewich Guardian.

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