Retailers facing the music this Christmas

Retailers facing the music this Christmas
ERA Director General Kim Bayley

By Ben Sillitoe - 09:38AM - Mon 8th November 2010

More retailers than ever will be selling music products this Christmas, according to the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

A number of new companies, including fashion retailer Bhs and petrol provider BP, will give customers the opportunity to purchase CDs.

The ERA states that the new outlets selling CDs comprise of 180 Bhs stores, 370 BP petrol stations, 18 HMV pop-up shops, 250 Game stores and 1,166 Tesco Express stores.

It also indicates that bookseller Waterstone’s is considering introducing a music product line to its 300 UK stores this festive season.

ERA Director General Kim Bayley said: “After years of record store closures, this is a remarkable turn of events.

“A petrol station clearly cannot be compared with a specialist record shop, but this is clear evidence that there is still a lot of interest in the CD format.

“Combine this spike in physical store outlets with the ever increasing number of digital music services in the UK - now up to nearly 70 - and it is clear that the British public has more opportunities to buy the music they love than ever before.”

Her comments reflect what Alworths Managing Director Andy Latham told Retail Gazette in an interview last week.

Latham revealed that his company has had to increase its entertainment category by 50 per cent since opening its first store in November 2009 due to huge demand for CDS, DVDs and console games.

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