Entertainment retail sales grow by £180m in 2017

Entertainment retail sales

Sales of music, games and video soared 6.4 per cent in the first half of 2017, more than doubling the three per cent growth recorded in the same period last year.

According to new data from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), rising subscribers to services like Spotify, Amazon and Netflix attributed to the sales surge.

Of the £2.9 billion in total entertainment sales, music performed best despite representing only 20 per cent.

Music sales grew 11.2 per cent and saw Ed Sheeran‘s Divide album top the ERA‘s entertainment chart, selling over two million units.

DivideEd SheeranWarner Music2,064,966
Rogue One – A Star Wars StoryWalt Disney Studios1,180,496
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find ThemWarner Home Video1,032,525
Bridget Jones’s BabyUniversal Pictures936,064
MoanaWalt Disney Studios714,698
HumanRag’n’Bone ManSony Music694,194
Trolls20th Century Fox He657,760
Now That’s What I Call Music 96Various ArtistsSony Music/Universal Music530,290
Doctor StrangeWalt Disney Studios510,711
SingUniversal Pictures489,672


Despite 75.4 per cent of sales in all categories coming from digital formats, vinyl record sales continued their staggering growth, seeing another double-digit rise of 35.7 per cent to £36.3 million.

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Games sales, which represent 48 per cent of total entertainment sales, saw an 8.4 per cent growth.

Due to game creators‘ propensity to save big title releases for the fourth quarter, no games were in the top 10 most sold products.

Conversely, video dominated the top 10 charts representing seven titles, with Rogue One – A Star Wars Story hitting the top spot with 1.2 million sales.

“Entertainment has now seen over four years of continuous growth thanks to a combination of digital services pioneering new ways of consuming music, video and games, and physical retailers working hard to maximise sales of discs,” ERA chief executive Kim Bayley said.

“To now deliver another £180 million worth of sales in the first half of 2017 is really extraordinary.”

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