The Wigan Post saw its average circulation leap by 42pc in the period July to December 2017 compared to the same period the previous year, aided by a part paid-for part-free model which saw 41pc of copies distributed free.
Flagship daily The Scotsman also posted an increase of 2pc, with 76pc of the copies paid-for.
The next best performing English title was the Derby Telegraph – Newspaper of the Year at last year’s Regional Press Awards – which posted a 4pc decrease in sales, while its near-neighbour and Trinity Mirror stablemate the Burton Mail was down 6pc.
In terms of absolute sale, today’s figures also saw Wolverhampton’s Express & Star cede its long-held title as the biggest selling UK regional daily.
Its average daily sale of 47,669 is now some 550 copies behind that of DC Thomson’s Press & Journal with 48,208.
Best-performing title in the Newsquest group was Brighton daily The Argus, which arrested a succession of steep circulation declines over recent years with a fall of just 5pc.
Outside of the big groups, the Irish News saw its sales drop 4pc while the Belfast Telegraph and Dundee daily The Courier were both down 9pc.
The poorest performing daily – also a JP title – was the Leeds-based Yorkshire Evening Post which saw its circulation slump 29pc to 11,494.
Full figures for all UK regional dailies, in order of year-on-year change, are as follows:
|Title||Jul-Dec ABC||YoY change|
|The Argus, Brighton||10,581||-5%|
|Paisley Daily Express||4,508||-6%|
|Press & Journal||48,208||-7%|
|Western Daily Press||14,472||-7%|
|Colchester Daily Gazette||8,859||-9%|
|The Courier, Dundee||35,813||-9%|
|Edinburgh Evening News||16,660||-9%|
|South Wales Argus||9,796||-9%|
|The Bolton News||8,737||-9%|
|Bournemouth Daily Echo||12,289||-10%|
|The Northern Echo||21,498||-10%|
|The Herald, Glasgow||25,869||-10%|
|The Press, York||13,104||-10%|
|South Wales Echo||13,394||-10%|
|Bradford Telegraph & Argus||12,382||-11%|
|North Wales Daily Post||19,842||-11%|
|Dundee Evening Telegraph||13,321||-11%|
|East Anglian Daily Times||14,101||-11%|
|Western Morning News||17,629||-11%|
|Aberdeen Evening Express||22,736||-12%|
|Glasgow Evening Times||20,874||-12%|
|Southern Daily Echo||14,491||-12%|
|The Post, Bristol||15,271||-12%|
|The Western Mail||13,419||-12%|
|Hull Daily Mail||23,456||-13%|
|Express & Star||47,669||-14%|
|South Wales Evening Post||18,029||-14%|
|The Gazette, Blackpool||8,187||-14%|
|Huddersfield Daily Examiner||10,418||-16%|
|Manchester Evening News||39,422||-16%|
|Eastern Daily Press||28,970||-16%|
|Norwich Evening News||7,507||-18%|
|Portsmouth News & Sports Mail||16,277||-18%|
|Carlisle News and Star East||5,381||-20%|
|Carlisle News and Star West||2,026||-24%|
|Yorkshire Evening Post||11,494||-29%|