UK vinyl sales up 78 per cent in 2013

Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' named biggest-selling album among independent retailers in 2012

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UK vinyl sales have seen a 78 per cent increase in the first quarter of 2013, according Official Record Store Chart data.

Last year, vinyl sales across all music genres surged by 15 per cent to 389,000 copies sold, the highest level since 2004. That trend has continued into 2013 with a further increase of 78 per cent. Independent record stores accounted for three per cent of all album's sold physically in the UK in 2012, however, these locally-run shops contributed to over 38 per cent of all vinyl sales.

The data was collated by the Official Charts Company, which publishes the Official Record Store Chart every Sunday. Counting purely physical sales, its team surveys record shops including London's Rough Trade, Sister Ray and Phonica, Manchester's Piccadilly Records, Rise Records, Banquet Records (Kingston), Crash Records (Leeds), Spillers (Cardiff), Coda (Edinburgh), Rise (Bristol), Reflex (Newcastle) and Head among others.

It then uses the sales information to determine the weekly Record Store Chart. Today (April 19), a year on since the launch of the chart, it has been revealed that Mumford and Sons' 'Babel' is the biggest-selling album of the past 12 months among independent retailers.

Emeli Sande's 'Our Version Of Events' is at Number Two, 'Blunderbuss' by Jack White is at Number Three and The xx's 'Coexist' – 2012's highest-selling vinyl – is at Number Four. David Bowie's 'The Next Day' completes the top five.

The Official Record Store Top 10-selling albums of 2012/13 are as follows:

'Babel' – Mumford & Sons
'Our Version Of Events' – Emeli Sande
'Blunderbuss' – Jack White
'Coexist' – The xx
'The Next Day' – David Bowie
'Boys & Girls' – Alabama Shakes
'An Awesome Wave' – Alt-J
'Jake Bugg' – Jake Bugg
'Push The Sky Away' – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
'Standing At The Sky's Edge' – Richard Hawley

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