New figures from the UK Entertainment Retailers Association claim that recorded music sales withstood last year’s recession better than games and video (i.e. DVDs). ERA says music sales were 0.6% down by volume and 0.8% down by value last year, despite the closure of the Woolworths and Zavvi chains affecting the market in early 2009. By contrast, the games market was down 9.5% by volume and 11% by value, while video was down 5.9% by volume and 10.6% by value. ERA estimates that the UK recorded music market was worth £1.3 billion last year, compared to video’s £2.1 billion and games software’s £1.9 billion.

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