The North West, and indeed Trinity Mirror, domination continues with Liverpool Echo second with 7.8m. Wales Online is third with 5.3m.
The Southport Visiter was also up (71%), as was Accrington Observer (54%).
“To begin the year with our biggest ever monthly audience figure is a great achievement for the team,” said editorial director, Pete Picton.
“A varied news agenda drove the increased traffic – the sad news about David Bowie and Alan Rickman, the UK’s unpredictable weather and coverage of Celebrity Big Brother.”