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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/06/2007  Reissue
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RETAIL SALES

The 1998-99 Retail Industry Survey showed that retail sales of pre-recorded audio CDs totalled $838.9m in that year. Businesses predominantly involved in retailing recorded music accounted for almost 66% of sales, while department stores accounted for a further 21%. Retail sales of other pre-recorded audio media amounted to $118.8m.

13.1 RETAIL SALES OF PRE-RECORDED AUDIO MEDIA(a) - 1998-99

Income
Percentage share
Industry
$m
%

Pre-recorded audio CDs
Recorded music retailing
552.0
65.8
Department stores
173.7
20.7
Domestic appliance retailing
81.7
9.7
Other retailers
31.5
3.8
Total
838.9
100.0
Other pre-recorded audio media
Recorded music retailing
18.0
15.2
Retailing n.e.c.
**13.7
**11.5
Other retailers
87.1
73.3
Total
118.8
100.0

** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
(a) Excludes sales by retail businesses with no employees.
ABS, Retail Industry, Commodity Sales, 1998-99 (cat. no. 8624.0).


The ABS Retail Industry Survey also estimated that sales of musical instruments totalled $268.2m in 1998-99, although caution must be exercised with this figure as it has a high relative standard error.


See Chapter 3 for information on household expenditure on music.


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