The figures show that The Independent's average sale over the past six months stands at 260,781, an increase of 0.3 per cent on the same period last year.
The Independent and The Times are the only two national daily newspapers to record increases in their six-month averages. Ivan Fallon, the chief executive of Independent News and Media UK, said: "The six-monthly average sale reinforces our strong belief that The Independent continues to be leading the evolution in quality newspapers in the UK. The recent return of the Bridget Jones column to our paper has seen further strong sales growth."
Sales of The Independent in July were 255,603, down 2.5 per cent on the same period last year, when the paper was heavily supported by CD and restaurant promotions. The Guardian recorded anABC figure of 358,345, a fall of 3.4 per cent year-on-year. Its UK news trade figure (excluding bulk and foreign sales) represented the newspaper's 28th consecutive month of decline and comes before the imminent relaunch of The Guardian in a smaller format.
The Independent on Sunday has remained steady with a circulation of 206,689, up 0.3 per cent on the previous month.
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