Manchester Evening News saw a 16% growth in web users last year, meaning it remains the country’s most popular regional online newspaper.

With a circulation of 957k last month, it is catching up with the closest national title, (965k).

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Manchester Evening News beats London Evening Standard

The Evening Standard in London comes next, followed by the Liverpool Echo (743k), which saw a 14% increase in readership year-on-year. Newcastle’s Chronicle Live came 6th in the regional table, with 313k readers – a 15.71% growth over the year.

The biggest percentage rise was Southport’s Visiter, which had a 71.34% increase in users, reaching 18k people.

The figures were released by ABC – the Audit Bureau of Circulations.