A regional newspaper whose editor departed in a restructure last month was the only daily title to post an increase in circulation in the ABC figures published today.
The Lancashire Telegraph’s average circulation from January to June this year was 13,304, an increase of 1.6pc year-on-year.
The Telegraph’s rise was revealed in today’s regional ABC figures after long-standing editor Kevin Young, pictured left, departed the Newsquest title last month as part of an “organisational restructure”.
However the figures can be largely attributed to an increase in free pick ups for the daily, which launched a free Burnley edition of the Lancashire Telegraph last November after the weekly Burnley Citizen was axed.
The rest of the regional dailies across the UK failed to increase their year-on-year sales, with many seeing double-digit declines in their average circulations.
Among the worst-performing titles were the Doncaster Star, an edition of the Sheffield Star, with a decline of 25.2pc year-on-year to 767, the Shields Gazette with a decline of 19.1pc to 8,178 and the Sunderland Echo which was down 17.7pc to 16,894.
Titles who performed well included Channel Island sister dailies the Guernsey Press & Star, which had a decrease of 3.7pc to 13,197, and the Jersey Evening Post, with a decline of 3.9pc to 15,002.
The Sunday Herald also performed well yet again, with an increase of 15.5pc year-on-year to 29,009, which comes after an increase of 34.7pc in the ABC figures for July to December 2014.
The Wolverhampton-based Express & Star remained the biggest-selling daily with an average circulation of 67,276 but it had a decrease of 13.1pc.
Most Trinity Mirror regional titles do not have full details of their circulations recorded in today’s figures because they were included in the monthly print figures until recently.
But the latest figures from June, which were published last month, showed that print sales fell at all of Trinity Mirror’s regional titles, with the biggest year-on-year decline at the Birmingham Mail at 28.2pc.