The Week: Media news - Sun and Mail top sales rise

The Sun, The Times and the Daily Mail were the only paid-for national newspapers to see a year-on-year increase in readership, according to figures from the National Readership Survey.

The NRS annual data, for July 2007 to June 2008, revealed that The Sun and Daily Mail's readership both inched up by 3 per cent, to 8,031,000 and 5,347,000, respectively, ahead of The Times, which rose by 2 per cent to 1,731,000. In contrast, the Financial Times saw readership fall by 5 per cent to 377,000, while The Independent saw a 9 per cent drop in readership to 702,000.