In year-on-year comparisons, only the Independent's concise sibling, i, reported a rise in the quality section of the figures. The i overtook The Guardian for the first time with 243,321 copies, although its figure includes 47,145 giveaway bulk copies and it costs 20p compared to £1.20 for The Guardian.
There was growth across the board for the tabloids, including a near 9% lift at The Sun (2,751,219) and a 3% lift for the Sunday Mirror (1,753,202).
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