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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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Total album sales fall but downloads grow 15%

Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events topped the 2012 album chart. Credit: PA

Total album sales fell by 11.2 percent to £100.5m in 2012, new BPI statistics showed.

The slump was caused by a 24.2 percent drop in CD album sales, which still make up 69.1 percent of all albums sold.

Digitally downloaded albums, which are now 30.4 percent of the total, continued to see an increase, growing from £26.6 million in 2011 to £30.5 million in 2012.

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