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Sales of recorded music - full year 1998 summary

This table shows the cover sales in over 70 countries (including only the legitimate market in each country). The industry is concentrated in France, Germany, and the UK in the European region, in Japan in the Asian region, in Brazil in the Latin American region, and in the US in the North American region.

  • Figures cover sales in over 70 countries surveyed on an annual basis by IFPI.
  • Figures represent the total legitimate market in each country.
  • Average exchange rates provided by the IMF.

1998 full year

TOTAL MARKET UNITS   TOTAL MARKET RETAIL VALUE
ALL FIGURES IN MILLIONS SINGLES LPs MCs CDs   US$ LOCAL CURRENCY
EUROPE
AUSTRIA 3.1 0.02 0.9 19.2   346.6 ATS 4,290.0
BELGIUM 8.7 0.05 0.3 22.4   367.8 BEF 13,349.8
BULGARIA - - 1.7 0.1   3.1 BGL 5,436.7
CROATIA - - 1.1 0.6   17.4 CRK 110.5
CYPRUS - - 0.3 0.8   18.4 CYP 9.5
CZECH REPUBLIC 0.1 - 4.5 4.9   77.5 CSK 2,503.6
DENMARK 1.1 0.001 0.2 16.9   262.1 DKK 1,756.6
FINLAND 0.5 0.010 1.3 10.5   140.0 FIM 748.3
FRANCE 40.9 0.3 14.5 108.9   2,134.8 FRF 12,594.4
GERMANY 51.8 0.5 25.0 193.3   3,011.9 DEM 5,300.0
GREECE - 0.03 0.5 8.3   115.4 GRD 34,117.2
HUNGARY 0.1 0.001 3.4 3.2   55.0 HUF 11,783.4
ICELAND - - 0.02 0.8   17.1 ISK 1,211.2
IRELAND 1.9 0.02 1.5 5.6   113.6 IEP 79.7
ITALY 3.5 0.1 14.1 34.2   605.1 ITL 1,050,604.8
LATVIA                
LITHUANIA - - 1.3 0.2   6.3 LTL 25.2
NETHERLANDS 6.6 0.2 0.4 34.2   561.1 NLG 1,113.0
NORWAY 1.9 - 0.3 14.9   276.2 NOK 2,084.1
POLAND 0.2 - 18.9 15.6   150.5 PLZ 522.9
PORTUGAL 0.6 - 3.8 15.3   183.2 PTE 32,989.2
ROMANIA - - 2.8 0.4   7.3 ROL 64,530.0
RUSSIA - 0.1 80.0 6.0   206.8 RUB 2,007.0
SLOVAKIA 0.0 0.001 1.2 1.6   21.7 SKK 764.0
SLOVENIA - - 0.5 1.0   22.5 SIT 3,737.0
SPAIN 1.5 0.03 12.9 50.2   680.8 ESP 101,706.9
SWEDEN 4.7 0.02 0.9 23.2   393.3 SEK 3,126.8
SWITZERLAND 3.4 0.1 1.5 22.5   328.5 CHF 476.3
UK 79.4 2.2 32.2 175.7   2,855.6 GBP 1,724.0
UKRAINE - - 7.0 0.5   21.0 UAH 51.4
TOTAL + Adjustments 212.0 3.8 249.8 835.0   13,010.2    
MIDDLE EAST/TURKEY
BAHRAIN - - 0.5 0.1   2.5 BHD 0.9
EGYPT - - 25.0 0.1   53.1 EGP 179.8
ISRAEL - - 0.3 3.1   48.8 ILS 185.1
KUWAIT - - 2.0 0.1   8.2 KWD 2.5
LEBANON - - 2.5 0.5   12.9 LBP 19,557.7
OMAN - - 0.4 0.0   1.9 OMR 0.7
QATAR - - 0.6 0.1   2.9 QTR 10.5
SAUDI ARABIA - - 15.6 0.7   55.3 SAR 207.1
TURKEY - - 44.2 4.7   127.0 TRL 33,111,948.0
UAE - - 4.4 1.8   36.8 DHM 135.1
TOTAL + Adjustments - - 95.5 11.2   349.2    
ASIA
CHINA - - 69.9 8.4   103.3 CNY 854.9
HONG KONG 0.1 0 0.2 10.3   118.2 HKD 915.9
INDIA - - 414.7 5.1   298.7 INR 12,323.2
INDONESIA - - 37.3 3.0   62.7 IDR 627,711.7
JAPAN 144.0 8.4 7.9 286.1   6,521.0 JPY 853,669.1
MALAYSIA 0.2 - 8.1 2.8   51.3 MYR 201.3
PAKISTAN - - 5.0 0.1   5.2 PKR 235.0
PHILIPPINES 0.1 0.04 9.5 1.9   44.9 PHP 1,836.1
SINGAPORE 0.12 - 0.4 4.6   53.8 SGD 90.1
SOUTH KOREA 0.04 - 15.9 12.9   153.0 SKW 214,356.7
TAIWAN 1.1 0 11.8 27.5   319.7 TWD 10,688.0
THAILAND - - 44.0 4.2   114.7 THB 4,741.8
TOTAL + Adjustments 145.6 8.44 624.7 366.8   7,846.5    
AFRICA
GHANA - - 7.4 0.7   25.4 CED 58,857.1
KENYA - - 0.4 0.1   2.1 KES 129.1
NIGERIA                
SOUTH AFRICA 2.2 - 7.3 13.0   195.7 ZAR 1,081.9
ZIMBABWE 0.01 0.03 1.5 0.2   9.2 ZWD 197.7
TOTAL + Adjustments 2.18 0.03 24.01 14.06   243.2    
AUSTRALASIA
AUSTRALIA 10.5 0.02 1.7 41.4   606.7 AUD 964.0
NEW ZEALAND 1.0 0.01 1.2 6.7   100.1 NZD 186.4
TOTAL 11.5 0.03 2.9 48.1   706.8    
LATIN AMERICA
ARGENTINA - - 6.7 18.5   307.6 ARP 307.6
BOLIVIA - 0.003 0.3 0.3   6.6 USD 6.6
BRAZIL 0.003 - 0.001 0.2 105.1   1,055.7 BRL 1,225.7
CHILE - - 4.2 4.9   84.8 CLP 39,021.7
COLOMBIA 0.2 0.7 2.7 11.9   157.7 COP 224,966.5
CENTRAL AMERICA 0.03 - 1.3 2.6   47.1 USD 47.1
ECUADOR - 0.001 0.1 1.0   14.5 USD 14.5
MEXICO 0.3 0.02 26.7 45.1   543.3 MXP 4,963.3
PARAGUAY - - 0.3 0.3   6.5 PYG 18,034.4
PERU 0.002 - 0.514 0.907   17.3 PEN 50,567.263
URUGUAY - - 0.2 0.9   16.3 UYP 170.7
VENEZUELA 0.001 0.01 0.5 5.9   95.9 VEB 52,484.5
TOTAL + Adjustments 0.5 0.8 43.7 197.6   2,353.2    
NORTH AMERICA
CANADA 1.0 - 11.2 77.2   969.3 CAD 1,437.9
USA 87.7 3.4 158.7 846.1   13,193.4 USD 13,193.4
TOTAL 88.6 3.4 170.0 923.3   14,162.7    
GRAND TOTAL 460.5 16.4 1,210.7 2,396.1   38,671.7    
Total Adjustments made 2.1 0.1 24.3 44.0   20.5    

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