DISC SALES DEFIED EXPECTATIONS TO EXCEED ONE BILLION POUNDS IN 2021

UK consumers bought more than 50m DVDs, CDs and other discs

1 March 2022: UK consumers again spent more than ONE BILLION POUNDS on discs featuring music and video and games in 2021, defying expectations amid the streaming revolution, according to the annual yearbook of digital entertainment and retail association ERA which is published today (Tuesday).

Sales of physical formats amounted to £1.05bn, down 18.5% on 2020, to comprise just 11% of the overall entertainment market, but in unit terms that still represented more than 50m discs sold.

Some segments bucked the trend with vinyl LPs continuing their growth, up 23.2% to £135.6m.

BRITAIN"S MOST POPULAR PHYSICAL ENTERTAINMENT FORMATS IN 2021 (£m)

Home console software

GAMES

507.8

DVD

VIDEO

150.5

CD

MUSIC

150.1

Vinyl LP

MUSIC

135.6

Blu-ray

VIDEO

85.7

4K UHD

VIDEO

23.6

Vinyl singles

MUSIC

3.3

PC software

GAMES

2.1

 

In volume terms there were 16m DVDs and 15.1m CDs sold, bringing the total of physical discs sold during the year to more than 50m.

ERA CEO Kim Bayley said, “Amid all the excitement about digital formats, it’s easy to forget that physical is still a huge business. That £1bn total represents more than 50m individual buying decisions. While digital offers convenience, many people still value the quality and sense of ownership discs can offer.”

Despite the decline in disc sales the UK ended 2021 with more than 4,200 physical stores selling music, video and/or games.

The ERA Yearbook, including a full statistical breakdown of the UK music, video and games markets, is available to download to download from the ERA website – www.eraltd.org at 13:00 GMT today.

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