Sales of domestic releases on the Norwegian market continue to grow. Sales figures show a 27% increase in domestic sales in the first half of 2004.
During the first six months in 2004, more than 1,2 million domestically produced albums were sold. This represents an increase of 27% volume and 26% in value compared to the first half of 2003. The total percentage of domestic releases on the Norwegian market accounted for 22% of the total sales – an increase of 5% compared to 2003. Classical repertoire makes for 5% of total sales.
Total accumulated sales in the first half of 2004 amounted to 5,4 million albums, 458 000 singles and 128 000 music DVDs resulting in a revenue of NOK 366 million (€43,2 m / $ 53,4 m). This is a decrease of 6% in volume and 9% in value compared to last year.
Sales figures from the Association of Norwegian Record Distributors indicate a decline in June phonogram sales of 6% in volume and 7% in value compared to last year.
Sales of CD albums as down 3% in volume and 7% in value compared to June 2003.
Sales of singles are down 35% in volume and 34 in value compared to last year.
Compared to June 2003, sales of DVD Music is up 86% in volume and 27% in value.
These were the marked shares in June:
EMI Recorded Music 17,5%
Bonnier Amigo 6,5%
Bare Bra / Tylden 5,0%
Master Music/Naxos 2,4%