The Manchester Evening News grew its online audience by more than 30% according to the latest ABC figures.

The paper also saw its Facebook likes increase by 62% to more than 1m for the month of June.

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Manchester Evening News is one of the world’s “most successful Facebook publishers”

It still has by far the largest online reach for any local news outlet, however, there was also strong growth, certainly for Facebook likes by a number of the region’s papers.

Chronicle Live in Newcastle saw a 94% growth year on year for Facebook; and Huddersfield Daily Examiner was up 90% for the same period.

The Southport Visiter had the biggest growth in unique daily users, with 192% year-on-year, to 9074.