Record Store Day 2013 sales up 60 per cent on last year

Organisers say it's the annual event's biggest yet

This year’s Record Store Day was the event’s biggest yet, with album sales up 60 per cent on last year and single sales up by 20 per cent.

According to Music Week, independent record shops reported an average customer spend of £45 with the Official Charts Company reporting that eight of the top 10 vinyl albums this week were special releases for Record Store Day.

“Record Store Day reached a new level this year,” said Paul Quirk, chairman of the Entertainment Retailers Association, which organises the event. “What is clear is that it is the stores that have done the most in terms of organising gigs and special events which have seen the highest sales.”

Quirk also spoke about the efforts being made to prevent the special releases appearing on sites like eBay after the event for hugely inflated prices. “There is a lot of revulsion among music fans when people try to cash in on Record Store Day,” he said. “But the stores have made strenuous efforts to restrict this trade and our researchers suggest less than two per cent of product ended up on eBay this year – which means that 98 per cent did not.”

This year’s Record Store Day 2013 saw special releases from the likes of David Bowie, Nick Cave, Paul Weller, Paul McCartney, Pulp, Biffy Clyro, The xx and Bat For Lashes. Over 200 record stores took part in the event, stocking special releases and rare tracks, as well as hosting instore gigs.