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Record £1bn digital sales

A record £1 billion was spent on downloading films, music and games last year, according to the Entertainment Retailers Association. Sales of digital albums rose by 14.8%, as physical copies fell by 19.5%.

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Digital entertainment sales hit £1 billion for 2012

Sales of downloadable material hit £1 bn for the first time while CDs , DVDs and Blu-ray sales continued to fall. Credit: PA

New figures show that 2012 was the first year in which sales of digital music, video and games were valued at more than £1 billion.

At an end-of-year total of £1.033 billion, legal download sales accounted for more than a quarter of the music, video and games market, according to official year-end figures released today by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

Disc sales of CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray and video games still account for over three quarters of the entertainment market, despite falling by 17.6% compared with 2011.

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