Celebrity stories such as the split of Ashley and Cheryl Cole and Take That star Mark Owen’s infidelity helped boost circulations of the red-tops, with the Daily Star seeing its circulation increase by 2.88% month on month.
However, just like the last published ABCs, only the Daily Star increased its circulation year-on-year.
The Sun posted an average net circulation jump of more than 1.09% to 3,005,308 for March on February but a 1.63% drop for the six months October 2009 to March 2010, compared with the same period a year ago.
The Mirror posted a 0.98% increase for March over February to 1,247,277 and an 8.64% drop for the six month period, year on year.
The Guardian circulation fell 0.51% to 283,063 and is down 14.67% year on year.
The Independent, which was taken over by Alexander Lebedev last month for £1, posted a circulation increase of 0.32% month on month to 184,137, but was down 9.18% year on year.
The Daily Telegraph saw an increase of 0.22% to 686,679 in March and is down 8.37% year on year.
The Times posted a circulation drop of 0.52% to 502,436 and is down 13.75% year on year.
The Financial Times posted a circulation increase of 2.84%, to 401,286 month on month and is down 7.50% year on year.
In the mid-market the Daily Mail saw a fall of 1.37% month on month to 2,082,352 and is down 1.74% for the six year on year.
The Daily Express posted a 0.70% drop to 668,273 month on month and is down 7.34% year on year.
In the Sunday newspaper market, only the Sunday Mail saw its circulation grow month by month, while no newspaper achieved growth year-on-year.
The News of the World’s circulation fell 2.98% month on month to 2,904,566, and was 3.50% down year-on-year.
The Sunday Mirror fell 0.75% to 1,147,272 and is down 7.12% year on year while the Daily Star Sunday fell 1.60% month on month to 341,824 and 0.11% year on year.
The Mail on Sunday celebrated its recent design and editorial overhaul with a 0.39% rise to 399,000 but is down 10.76% year on year. The Sunday Express dropped 0.92% month on month to 570,040 and is down 9.29% year on year.
The Sunday quality market remains moribund with The Observer, which relaunched on 21 February, posting a circulation drop of 3.21% to 331,488 and down 18.77% year on year. The Sunday Telegraph saw a circulation fall of 1.26% to 509,754 and is down 8.23% year on year. The Sunday Times fell 0.94% month on month to 1,111,660 and is down 5.68% year on year.