Argos sees increase in sales of record players during the last three months versus the same period last year

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-10-7— /EPR Retail News/ — Vinyl record players are roaring back into fashion – providing stiff competition for other music devices such as MP3 players and smartphones.

Sales of record players at Argos have tripled during the last three months versus the same period last year.

A new generation of music lovers are rediscovering classics from the 60’s as they search for alternative musical experiences to top 40 chart songs.

Responding to the trend, rock artists like the Arctic Monkeys and Bruce Springsteen have also released their latest albums on vinyl as interest in the fondly-remembered platform grows.

According to the Official Charts Company, the top five selling vinyl albums of 2014 so far are:

Arctic Monkeys – AM

Mogwai – Rave Tapes

Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes

Elbow – The Take Off and Landing Of Everything

Warpaint – Warpaint

Ian Paton, Argos audio buyer, said: “Many people thought that vinyl had seen their day, but just like the recent resurgence of independent book shops, it’s spun full circle and is starting to take the music industry by storm once again.

“The crisp, deep sound that LP records offer is unrivalled, and offers listeners so much creative licence that they’re able to create their own take on a song by changing the speed of the track.

“Then there’s the LP album cover, which is so artistic in its own right, that they have become part of the furniture to add character to people’s homes.”

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About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 43,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014.  Argos serves around 123 million customers a year through its network of 734 stores.

In the financial year to February 2014, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

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