UK vinyl sales set to crack the million mark for the first time since 1996

The wax resurgence is showing little sign of slowing down.

Vinyl sales in the UK this year have already surpassed the total number sold in 2013, and now good signs for vinyl enthusiasts are continuing, with UK sales figures for 2014 now set to exceed the one million mark for the first time since 1996.

Billboard reports: “According to new figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) in conjunction with labels trade body BPI, UK vinyl sales for the first nine months of 2014 are close to 800,000, surpassing the 780,674 that were sold the previous year, and with the all-important holiday season still to come.” The last time UK vinyl sales hit the seven-digit mark was in 1996.

Within two years of ’96 the number of vinyl records sold in the UK fallen to just over 640,000. By 2007, the format’s popularity had dwindled with just over 200,000 units sold, but vinyl has undergone a consistent, steady growth since 2008, culminating in this year’s strong annual sales figures.



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