CDs are still a thing in South Africa

Despite a flood of cheap digital streaming and download services into the South African market over the past several years, CD sales remain steady.

Clicks Group has reported that its music and entertainment retailer, Musica‘s interim CD sales were up a fraction for the six months ended February 2016.

During the interim period, Clicks said it closed two Musica stores, but opened one, taking its total footprint to 115. Perhaps surprisingly, that figures is only down from 120 stores at the end of August 2013, but down from 134 in 2012.

CDs still account for 39.5% of overall turnover at Musica, followed by DVDs at 23.5%, gaming (18.8%), and technology (18.2%).

Musica said that it commands 68.1% of the total market share in the country, while its DVD division is at just over half the total market in the country.

DVD turnover however, declined by 3.1% during the past six months, “impacted by weaker new release schedule and decline of Blu-ray”.

The company’s technology division grew turnover by 11.4% over the reporting period.

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CDs are still a thing in South Africa