[Dixielandjazz] Music Sales Rise in USA

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Wed Mar 23 07:01:58 PST 2005

CD and related music product shipments from wholesalers to retailers have
increased slightly, 2004 Vs. 2003 in the USA. Worldwide sales are reported
flat, so maybe we're gaining? Do your part, sell or buy a CD.

Steve Barbone

March 23, 2005  By THE NEW YORK TIMES

Music Sales Rise in United States

After years of decline, sales of recorded music and music-video products
appear to be stabilizing in the United States, according to data released
yesterday by the industry's major trade and lobbying groups.

The number of CD's and other music products shipped from record labels to
retail merchants rose 2 percent last year, to 814 million units, the first
annual increase in five years, according to the Recording Industry
Association of America.

The shipments carried an estimated value of $12.2 billion, a rise of 2.5
percent, the trade organization said. The figures refer to albums and
products shipped to retailers and mail-order clubs, not actual sales to

A separate report yesterday by the International Federation of the
Phonographic Industry, the global trade group, said that worldwide sales of
recorded music products were essentially flat last year.

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