YOUR favourite newspaper is on the up... it's official.
Earlier this year, sales of the Observer topped the 15,000 barrier for the first time since the heyday of local newspapers in the Fifties and Sixties.
And now the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) has confirmed our official circulation figure for the period January to June 2004 as 14,665.
That's a whopping 5.9 per cent increase on the same period last year and by far the biggest figure for at least two decades.
Delighted editor Mervyn Kay said: "In a time when most newspapers are seeing regular drops in their circulation, this is absolutely fantastic. I think we have a great product and our readers obviously agree.
"I expect our new Life section, increased sports coverage and regular exclusive stories have all played a part in this unprecedented rise. And we'll be doing our utmost to keep the figures going up and up."