I’ve been asked for a few quotes recently especially as the documentary Last Shop Standing is being shown in Edinburgh in December so I thought I had better ask for the latest figures as I was being asked about the resurgence of the independents and vinyl. Don’t shoot the messenger. The figures speak for themselves so I’ve made no more than a short comment
Specialists 119,394 units £1,919,894 value
Independents 115,171 units £1,852,000 value
Totals 234,565 £3,771,894
Specialists 151,324 units up 26.7% £2,417,342 value up 25.9%
Indies 107,350 units down 9.3% £1,714,866 value down 9.2%
Totals 258,674 (up 10.3%) £4,132,208 (up 9.6%)
Specialists are HMV, Amazon etc basically not supermarkets or download sites. In 2011 the indies (49.1%) and the specialists (50.9%) were neck and neck. So far in 2012 even with the massive RSD sales included the indies trail by 17% (58.5 v 41.5) to the point that they haven’t only lost market share but have in fact lost sales not gained them.