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Sainsbury's is to stock vinyl records

By Sally Warddle

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's is to stock vinyl records for the first time since the 1980s as the format enjoys a popular revival.

It follows a similar move by Tesco, who announced it would begin selling LPs in December.

Demand for vinyl records increased by 64% last year, pushing sales over the two million mark for the first time in 21 years, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

While the format represents only around 2% of the recorded music market, demand has grown eight years consecutively since its lowest point in 2007 when just 205,000 LPs were purchased.

The BPI, which represents the UK's recorded music industry, said the reintroduction of vinyl to supermarket shelves was a "big statement".

"Vinyl has typically been the preserve of the smaller independent stores and specialist chains such as HMV, so for supermarkets to now be stocking the format is making quite a big statement," a BPI spokesman said.

The commitment of supermarkets "reinforces the belief that vinyl holds an enduring appeal for music fans of all ages, and that it's here for the long-term", he added.

The UK's first weekly Official Vinyl Charts was launched in April last year by the Official Charts Company in response to increasing demand for LPs.

Adele's 25 was the top selling vinyl album title of 2015, with Amy Winehouse's Back To Black coming in at second.

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