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Digital claims over 50% of all UK music sales value in Q2 2013

Tim Ingham
Digital claims over 50% of all UK music sales value in Q2 2013

Digital made up 51.4% of all UK music sales by value in the second quarter of 2013, according to new figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

The research firm based the statistic, which includes both singles and album sales, on data pooled from across British retailers for the 12 weeks to June 9, 2013.

The overall value of digital music sales grew by 12.5% year-on-year.

[See this week's Music Week magazine - available from tomorrow - for exclusive new data on the UK music market's value and the growing dominance of iTunes and Amazon at retail.]

In terms of the wider entertainment market - inclusive of music, video games and movies - iTunes Music reached its highest ever share in Q2, growing by 2.4 percentage points to hold 11.3% of the entertainment market. 

HMV slipped from its position as Britain’s second largest entertainment retailer to fifth in Q2 as Tesco replaced it. Amazon grew its share of the top spot in the 12 weeks to June 9, 2013. 

Fiona Keenan, consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “HMV’s recent store closures have hit the high street retailer hard, with its number of shoppers almost halving in the latest 12 weeks compared with the same quarter last year and its market share dropping by 8.4 percentage points.  

“Amazon has benefitted the most from HMV’s decline, gaining across music, games and video.  It made an additional £4.5 million in the second quarter of 2013 by welcoming former HMV customers and has returned to its record share of the entertainment market – 23.4%, a figure last seen at Christmas 2012.  Sainsbury’s was the main grocer to win from HMV shoppers switching store, gaining an additional £2.3 million compared with this time last year.

“Tesco is now Britain’s second largest entertainment retailer with 13.2% of the market, boosted by its ongoing success selling big video releases.  It took over a quarter of all spend on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the biggest selling film in the second quarter of this year.”

The other major supermarkets also performed strongly.  Asda accounted for 10.5% of the entertainment market (up 1.1%) Sainsbury’s had 8.2% (up 2.4%) and Morrisons 3.7% (up 0.1%).

Across the market, video game sales (value) fell by 27% and DVD sales were down compared with the second quarter of 2012.  Blu-ray, however, grew 27% year on year.

Kantar Worldpanel Entertainment*

Retailer Barometer - Spend Share %

 

 

 

 

 

12 w/e 10 June 12

12 w/e 09 June 13

% change

Amazon

20.0

23.4

+3.4

Tesco

11.6

13.2

+1.6

iTunes Music

8.9

11.3

+2.4

Asda

9.4

10.5

+1.1

HMV

16.8

8.4

-8.4

Sainsbury’s

5.8

8.2

+2.4

Game Group

4.8

4.4

-0.4

Morrisons

3.6

3.7

+0.1

Play

3.7

2.6

-1.1

Other

15.4

14.3

-1.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Includes physical sales of videos, games and music and digital sales of music

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Tags: Digital, Kantar Worldpanel

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