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Asda drops CD singles

Supermarket chain calls time after download upsurge

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UK supermarket chain Asda is pulling CD singles off its supermarket shelves following an upsurge in download sales.

The move comes after Tesco recently exited the singles market following a slump in sales.

Singles will be phased out this week while the chain re-focuses its attention on album sales.

Asda's music buyer Andy Powell said: "We're reluctantly saying goodbye to one of the most important products in music history.

"Customers want more than just a song from their favourite artists - they want the whole album at an affordable price."

Only HMV, Virgin and Woolworths had a bigger share of the market, with Asda accounting for one in eight CD single sales back in 2005.

Downloads have overtaken CDs in single sales, taking up 79% of the market in 2006.

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