BPI 2011 stats: Market down, album sales fall 5.6% - but digital up 26.6%

New Official Charts Company figures released by the BPI confirm that combined sales of digital and physical albums fell overall by 5.6% to 113.2m in 2011.

Digital album sales rose 26.6% to 26.6m, while sales of albums on CD declined 12.6% year-on-year to 86.2m in total.

The CD remains the favoured format for UK album buyers in 2011, accounting for 76.1% of total sales compared to a 23.5% market share for digital and 0.3% for vinyl.

Digital album downloads continued ...

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