Compact papers in January sales rise

January sales figures for daily quality newspapers were healthier than in previous months but the "quality compacts" continued to post higher circulation gains than their broadsheet rivals.

The Times increased its sales by 3.88 per cent year on year, to 686,327, while The Independent rose 3.3 per cent to 257,100. The Daily Telegraph held its own with a slight rise of 0.6 per cent to 920,745 but The Guardian's sales continued to slide, dropping 1.7 per cent to 376,816.

The mid-market also continued to be squeezed, with the Daily Mail losing 3 per cent of its sales at 2,409,121. The Express was down 0.8 per cent to 920,745.

The Evening Standard's new free Lite edition posted a circulation of 54,947, but the paid-for title's sales fell 11 per cent year on year to 50,671.