'It feels more positive': Top execs talk Q1 breakthroughs

Mark Sutherland

The UK music biz was toasting a return to solid growth in Q1, as music consumption rose by 8.2% off the back of a much-needed good quarter for UK music and breaking artists.

As ever, the rise was powered by streaming, which rose 26.2% year-on-year. And, while HMV’s new owner Doug Putman may look ruefully at another 19.8% decline in physical sales, he will take heart from the vinyl revival’s return, with sales up 5% year-on-year, after a 5.5% decline ...

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