The News International tabloid sold an average of 3,077,060 copies last month, up 0.15 per cent on the same period last year, while the Pearson-owned FT had an average circulation of 448,342 copies, up 0.7 per cent year on year and 0.3 per cent on January. Of the other quality dailies, The Times fell 4.6 per cent year on year to 613,068; The Daily Telegraph dropped 3.3 per cent to 866,693; The Guardian's sale was down 2.4 per cent to 355,634 and The Independent was down 4.5 per cent to 252,435. The Observer was the only quality Sunday to record a year-on-year rise for February, up 4.95 per cent to 464,005. London's Evening Standard also recorded a year-on-year rise, up 8.31 per cent to 288,157 copies.
The Sun and the Financial Times were the only national daily newspapers to record year-on-year circulation rises in February, according to the latest Audit Bureau of Circulation figures.