The first editor was John Turner Fearon (1869–1937), who left the Dublin-based Freeman's Journal to take up the position. David Brookes, who edited the Mercury between 2000 and 2008, returned to Birmingham in November 2009 and is now responsible for the Sunday Mercury as Editor-in-Chief along with the Birmingham Post and Birmingham Mail.
The paper had a circulation of more than 60,000 in 2006 but the average had dropped to below 25,000 in 2014.
- "Regional Publications. Combined Total Circulation Certificate. November 2014. Sunday Mercury". Audit Bureau of Circulations. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
- "Sunday Mercury Standard Certificate of Circulation, 2 January 2006 to 2 July 2006". Audit Bureau of Circulations. 2006. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
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