Britain's national newspaper industry – with exceptions –experienced hard times during the first four months of 2002. Overall, sex and celebrity-peddling prospered while hard news flagged, reports the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

These are the latest data for the four weeks 31-Mar-03 to 27-Apr-03 with net average daily circulation in parentheses. Percentage gains or losses for the six months to March 2003 are in square brackets.

Daily Express (898,394) [+3.18%]

Daily Mail (2,320,693) [+0.21%]

Daily Mirror (1,929,122) [-3.41%]

Daily Star (849,514) [+29.85%]

Daily Telegraph (897,907) [-6.26%]

Financial Times (142,467) [-6.33%]

The Guardian (357,082) [-0.25%]

The Independent (191,227) [-2.72%]

The Sun (3,525,669) [+3.77%]

The Times (608,606) [-5.36%]

Sunday newspapers, tabloids and broadsheets alike, were all down year-on-year. However, in April all Sunday titles, with the exception of The People and the Mail on Sunday, showed an increase compared to March.

The Sunday Mirror was down 6.3% year-on-year to 1,623,054, although sales were up about 20,000 compared to March. The People, in its first month under new editor Mark Thomas, took a year-on-year circulation dive of nearly 16% to 1,102,109.

Data sourced from: Multiple sources; additional content by WARC staff