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Sales of the Big Issue increase for the third consecutive year

Big Issue vendors buy the magazine for £1.25 and sell it to the public for £2.50, keeping the difference.

Big Issue sales increase (Dave Jones/PA)
Big Issue sales increase (Dave Jones/PA)

Sales of The Big Issue magazine have increased for the third year in a row to over 83,000 a week, new figures show.

Sold on the streets by people affected by poverty, the circulation boost comes amid rising levels of rough sleeping in England.

Managing director Russell Blackman said: “The 1% increase in sales last year showed the challenges facing an increasing number of people.”

Since its launch in 1991, over 200 million copies of the Big Issue have been sold by over 92,000 vulnerable people.

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