This section provides some information collected in the 1998-99 ABS Retail Census about the music retailing industry. There has been considerable change in the music retailing industry since 1998-99 with more music being sold on CDs and DVDs and with the ability of people to download music over the Internet. Consequently, the 1998-99 data presented in this chapter should be interpreted with these changes in mind. There has been a more recent ABS Retail and Wholesale Industry Survey (2005-06), however, the results are not available at the same level as the 1998-99 survey due to changes in the survey design.
The 1998-99 Retail Industry Survey found that there were 358 businesses involved in recorded music retailing in June 1999, and these operated a total of 661 stores.
The table below shows the number of actively trading businesses in these industries in June 2007. These counts exclude: entities which had an active ABN but which did not have a GST role; and businesses with a GST role which had not returned a Business Activity Statement (BAS) for more than five quarters or had returned a BAS reporting zero dollar amounts. These figures are not comparable to Business Register Counts presented in previous editions of this publication due to this change in scope.
In June 2007 there were 8,349 actively trading businesses in one of four selected music industries. A majority of these businesses were non-employing (71%). Around two-thirds of these businesses (68%) were in the Music and theatre productions industry.
13.2 COUNTS OF AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES, Selected Music Industries, June 2007
|Recorded Media Manufacturing & Publishling |
|Recorded Music Retailing |
|Music & Theatre Production |
|Sound Recording Studios |
|Source: ABS, Counts of Australian Businesses, Including Entries and Exits, Jun 2003 to Jun 2007, data available on request. |