NEWSPAPER ABCs: Strong April for British newsstands

Extensive coverage and reflection following the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher drove thousands of readers to the newsstands last month, the latest figures by the Audit Bureau of Circulations confirm.

  • City AM

    City AM

  • Daily Mail

    Daily Mail

  • Daily Record

    Daily Record

  • London Evening Standard

    London Evening Standard

  • Daily Express

    Daily Express

  • Financial Times

    Financial Times

  • The Daily Mirror

    The Daily Mirror

  • The Times

    The Times

  • The Guardian

    The Guardian

  • The i

    The i

  • International Herald Tribune

    International Herald Tribune

  • The Independent

    The Independent

  • The Metro

    The Metro

  • The Morning Star

    The Morning Star

  • The Daily Telegraph

    The Daily Telegraph

  • The Northern Echo

    The Northern Echo

  • The New York Times

    The New York Times

  • The Sun

    The Sun

  • Socialist Worker

    Socialist Worker

  • The Scotsman

    The Scotsman

  • The Daily Star

    The Daily Star

  • Times Special edition

    Times Special edition

  • Western Mail

    Western Mail

  • The Wall Street Journal

    The Wall Street Journal

  • The Wall Street Journal

    The Wall Street Journal

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The Daily Telegraph, which published a 68-page tribute issue on the Saturday following her death, sold more than 4,000 copies more than it did the previous month.

The Times, which was acquired by News International in 1981 during Thatcher’s reign, thanks many believe, in no small part to the close relationship between proprietor Rupert Murdoch and the Prime Minister, sold 3,000 more copies than it did in March. Its tabloid stablemate, The Sun, was up by 2,350 copies.

The left leaning Guardian, which spent much of the eighties railing against Thatcher’s policies and led news of her death with the headline "She became harder than hard", reported more than 2,200 sales from March to 196,004. On the day after Thatcher's death, the paper reports it sold 33,000 – or 20% – more copies than its Monday-to-Friday average for April.

Evgeny Lebedev's i was up 0.51% month on month, to 304,287, and its sister paper, the Independent, also saw sales lift marginally to 75,603.

Not everypaper reported a lift in April, with the mid market Daily Mail which positioned Thatcher as "the woman who saved Britain", losing 18,000 average daily sales to 1,803,327.

In a welcome change to falling trends, five Sunday national newspapers also managed monthly sales gains in April: The Sunday People, the Sunday Mirror, the Mail on Sunday, The Observer and the Independent on Sunday.

Full figures for April 2013 (Hover over or touch interactive graphics below for full details) AUTOFEED INTERACTIVE DATA

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