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British disc/digital sales up 2.2% to record UKP5,7bn in 2014 ... with 'Frozen' help

UK sales of video games, music and DVD/Blu-ray discs rose 2.2% to £5.66bn in 2014, representing the second consecutive year of growth for the sector, according to figures just released by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

The performance was driven by DVD and digital sales of Disney movie Frozen. The film topped ERA's Top 20 list selling 4.012 million copies last year - 1.34 million ahead of its nearest rival, video game FIFA 15. FIFA 15 sold 2.663 million copies, putting it as the UK's biggest video game sales to date. It topped last years Christmas number one, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which sold 1.837 million units.

Video games was the strongest performing category, up 7.5% by value to £2.45bn. DVDs and music fell slightly, by 1.4% to £2.18bn and by 1.6% to £1.03bn respectively. Digital now accounts for about half of music sales, generating £2.8bn last year.

However, physical formats "continue to remain more resilient than expected," said the ERA, with video sales increases driven by DVD and Blu-ray, and CD and vinyls still outselling album downloads by two-to-one.

UK sales of vinyl albums in 2014 have already exceeded the total achieved in the whole of 2013, according ERA. Year-to-date sales of vinyl albums total 844,122 by September of last year, according to an analysis of Official Charts Company data, compared with the 829,243 sales recorded in 2013. ERA suggests end-of-year figures will show total 2014 vinyl sales to exceed one million units, more than four times their 2008 level. It still is less than 3% of the physical albums market with CD accounting for 97%.

The biggest-selling vinyl album of 2014 to date is AM by Arctic Monkeys, heading a Top 10 dominated by rock acts.

In total, there are five video games in the Top 20 charts, with Grand Theft Auto V in sixth place, selling around 1.34 million copies, followed by Destiny at 14th place with 937,253 copies, and Watch Dogs at 18th place with 808,799 units sold.

The Top 20 best-sellers:

1 Frozen (Disney) - 4,012,676 units sold
2 FIFA 15 (EA) - 2,663,296 units sold
3 Call of Duty: Advance Warfare (Activision Blizzard) - 1,837,025 units sold
4 Ed Sheeran's X (Warner Music) - 1,753,226 units sold
5 The Hobbit: The Desolution of Smaug (Warner Home Video) - 1,550,635 units sold
6 Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar) - 1,341,472 units sold
7 Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour (Universal Music) - 1,296,295 units sold
8 The LEGO Movie (Warner Home Video) - 1,092,486 units sold
9 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Elevation Sales) ? 1,078,911 units sold
10 Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie (Universal Pictures) - 1,056,960 units sold
11 Now That's What I Call Music 89 (Sony Music/Universal Music) - 999,201 units sold
12 Guardians of the Galaxy (Walt Disney Studios) - 992,818 units sold
13 Frozen Soundtrack (Universal Music) - 974,067 units sold
14 Destiny (Activision Blizzard) - 937,235 units sold
15 Gravity (Warner Home Video) - 915,355 units sold
16 The Wolf of Wall Street (Universal Pictures) - 888,621 units sold
17 The Inbetweeners 2 (Channel 4 DVD) - 849,859 units sold
18 Watch Dogs (Ubisoft) - 808,799 units sold
19 Now That's What I Call Music 88 (Sony Music/Universal Music) - 728,683 units sold
20 George Ezra's Wanted on Voyage (Sony Music) - 704,069 units sold

Story filed 02.01.14

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