Strong October sales of domestic repertoire

The October sales figures from the Association of Norwegian Record Distributors indicate a continuation of the strong sales of domestic repertoire.

Bertine Zetlitz: Rollerskating (cover)

The October sales figures show an increase in sales of domestic repertoire of 20% in volume and 15% in value. Over the course of the ten first months of 2004, sales of domestic repertoire rose 26% in volume and 20% in value compared to 2003. So far in 2004 domestic repertoire maintains a 24% stake of the market – a healthy recovery for a market segment that in the past has had a stake as low as 9-10 per cent.

Total phonogram sales in October are down 7% in volume and 10% in value compared to 2003.

Sales of CD albums are down 5% in volume and 9% in value compared to 2003.

Sales of singles are down 33% in volume and 33% in value compared to last year.

DVD music sales continue its downward trend – down 34% both in volume and value.

Total accumulated sales so far this year amount to 9,5 million albums, 695 000 singles and 192 000 music DVDs representing a turnover of NOK 657m ($104m/€80,67). This is a decrease of 2% in volume and 5% in value compared to last year.

These were the market shares in October:
EMI Recorded Music 25,5%
Universal 20,6%
Sony 16,3%
Warner 9,6%
BMG 7,3%
Bonnier Amigo 4,5%
Tuba 3,3%
Bare Bra / Tylden 3,2%
Master Music/Naxos 3,2%
MO 2,3%
Playground 1,8%
VME 1,5%
KKV 0,8%

Total turnover in October was NOK 76,5m ($12,2m /€9,4m)

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