Independent record stores increased their sales of albums by an extraordinary 44% in the first six months of 2013 compared with the same period of 2012, according to analysis of Official Charts Company data by the Entertainment Retailers Association.
This success came against the background of an overall decline in the albums market over the same period of 1.5%.
Key contributors to indies’ success over the period were booming sales of vinyl albums and the success of Record Store Day, which took place in April.
While independent stores accounted for only 3.2% of the total albums market over the period, they accounted for more than 50% of total vinyl album sales.
Around one in seven of albums sold through indie record stores are on vinyl, while across the rest of the market only one in 250 albums sold is on the 12″ format.
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