Politics 11 January 2013 December ABC figures: it doesn't look good Sales all down except for Guardian, Telegraph, Financial Times. Print HTML The Guardian, FT and Daily Telegraph all ended 2012 on a high note, with small month-on-month circulation increases. But sales of every other national newspaper were down year on year. Sales of the UK’s top-selling daily The Sun fell by 10 per cent year on year as it competed with cut-price sales from the previous year, while the Daily Mirror kept its rate of decline to half that figure. Most of the biggest year on year falls in the Sunday market were due to the distorting effect of the closure of the News of the World in July 2011. Looking at the sales averages for 2012 as a whole, the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror were among the best-performing titles in relative terms, keeping their print sales declines to 6 per cent and 6.6 per cent respectively. UK national newspaper sales for December 2012 (source ABC) National dailies Average sale Month/Month Year/Year bulks Daily Mirror 1,034,641 -0.99 -5.27 - Daily Record 250,096 -1.39 -8.89 1,822 Daily Star 540,548 -3.47 -12.32 - The Sun 2,277,809 -3.55 -10.00 - Daily Express 529,096 -1.52 -11.29 - Daily Mail 1,844,569 -1.44 -7.54 91,361 The Daily Telegraph 547,465 0.19 -6.74 - Financial Times 286,401 1.60 -14.19 29,815 The Guardian 204,222 0.31 -11.25 - i 291,311 -3.66 31.39 65,239 The Independent 78,082 -1.25 -34.69 18,371 The Scotsman 32,463 -0.83 -16.00 2,368 The Times 396,041 -0.82 -3.18 17,100 Racing Post 45,372 -1.70 -9.34 63 This story first appeared on Press Gazette. › Laurie Penny on sexism on the left: What does the SWP's way of dealing with sexual assault allegations tell us about the left? Year-on-year sales were down for December. Photograph: Getty Images Dominic Ponsford is editor of Press Gazette Subscribe More Related articles An unmatched font of knowledge Leader: On capitalism and insecurity Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?