The Independent's rise bucks the trend of the total broadsheet market, which was down 1.5 per cent. It was a particularly bad month for The Daily Telegraph, which recorded its lowest total of full-price sales since records began. These figures complete a devastating week for the Telegraph after the Press Complaints Commission censured the paper for paying Victoria Aitken, daughter of the jailed former cabinet minister, to write about her father. A senior industry figure said last night: "It will be difficult for the Telegraph to take the high moral ground again, having been found guilty by the industry of paying the daughter of a common criminal."
THE LATEST newspaper circulation figures, released yesterday, reveal further success for The Independent. Audited sales for the month of June show The Independent's daily sale at 225,516, a rise of almost 1,000 copies on the same period last year. The Independent is the only broadsheet newspaper to show a year-on-year increase, and this is the sixth successive month that the newspaper's circulation has grown.