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Next week, The Independent will be even bigger and better. On Monday, we launch a new 12-page broadsheet sports supplement, which will include reports and analysis of the weekend's action by our award-winning team of writers and photographers. As well as reports from the FA Cup fifth round, England's one-day cricket final against Australia, and grand prix athletics from Birmingham, Richard Williams is granted a frank interview with Will Carling, and Brian Viner begins a new weekly column. Plus, a new, comprehensive briefing for the week ahead, a look at the best sports sites on the Internet and an expanded racing service. Every Monday, it's a must-read for sports fans.

And on Wednesday next week, we are launching a new weekly business supplement, Business Review. This will be in addition to the business pages in the news section, and will contain interviews, comment and features from our acclaimed team of writers including Hamish McRae, Jeremy Warner, Diane Coyle and Nic Cicutti. We shall also be improving our Wednesday investment pages with more tips on how to make your money work best for you.

These two new sections are launched at a time of renewed success for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. The Independent's audited circulation for January is 219,549, an increase of more than 1,000 copies a day on our December figure. The Independent on Sunday's January figure is 252,587, a rise of almost 3,000.

Further recognition for the quality of both papers' journalism came in this week's announcement of the shortlist for the British Press Awards. Five of our writers have been shortlisted: Hamish McRae (Financial Journalist of the Year); Deborah Ross (Feature Writer of the Year); John Lichfield (Foreign Reporter of the Year); Donald Macintyre (Specialist Reporter of the Year) and Blake Morrison (Critic of the Year)

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