Retailers reported a spike in sales on the back of the death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

All of the national dailies increased print runs for last Tuesday’s editions, with the Mail producing an additional 250,000 copies, while the Telegraph boxed out posters advertising a tribute edition.

In Mrs Thatcher’s former Finchley constituency, Larry Mukhey of Muckson’s News was sent 50% extra supply.

“Sales are up by about 10%, but not as much as the publishers seem to have expected,” he said.

“A few customers bought five or six different titles.”

In former mining capital Barnsley, where Thatcher was vilified for crushing the 1984 miners’ strike, Ian Sanders said he had seen a similar rise in sales.

“Despite the ill-feeling towards her in the town, papers have been selling slightly better than usual,” he said.