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Charting The Shifting Retail Landscape

Despite a slow-growth market and stepped-up online competition on all fronts, the industry’s leading retailers successfully eked out gains in revenue and productivity

The chairman of Macy’s says the department store has to create a more “exciting and all encompassing” in-store experience to draw customers and revive sales. Home Depot has outlined a plan... READ MORE

Ranking The World’s Top Web Dealers

The convenience and selection afforded by online retailers continue to attract customers, but the popularity varies. Why is it that customers in some countries are more inclined to shop online?

In this day and age, virtually every enterprise selling music products could be classified as an “internet retailer.” All the retailers ranked by The Music Trades, both in the U.S. and globally, maintain websites, and every single retailer... READ MORE

Summer NAMM Regains Momentum

Despite sluggish market conditions, dealer and exhibitor turnout were up nicely, making this year’s event in Nashville the biggest in nearly a decade Some are obviously finding value in a summer show

NAMM pulled out all the stops to infuse the Nashville Summer Show with purpose, energy, and entertainment. Country legend Charlie Daniels kicked off the proceedings with... READ MORE

Seidler Equity Invests In Hal Leonard

Management to remain in place as private equity firm pledges investments in global expansion and digital technology

Seidler Equity Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, has acquired a majority interest in Hal Leonard Corporation, with a pledge to expand the leading print publisher’s global reach, and its various digital delivery platforms. Terms were not disclosed. Although the ownership... READ MORE

Record-Setting GearFest For Sweetwater

12,000 turn out for product seminars, deals, and performances by Grammy-winning artists

Sweetwater Sound reports that its 2016 GearFest was the biggest success for the annual show to date, breaking every record from previous GearFests. Launched in 2002, the free two-day event is the nation’s largest... READ MORE

This Month in Music Trades

August 2016 Issue

The Top 200: How retailers are adapting to the wired world

The Charts
• The Top 200 Music Products Retailers Ranked By Revenue
• The Top 200 Ranked By Employee & Storefront Productivity
• The 40 Leading Online Music Products Retailers
• Where To Find Them: A Top 200 Directory

The Stories
• The Fastest-Growing Retailers:
Retailers explain how they overcame a challenging economy and posted stellar sales results in 2015.

Report From Nashville NAMM: Better attendance, more exhibitors, and the return of high-profile companies such as Fender underscore the value of NAMM’s Summer Show.

New Investors In Hal Leonard To Fund Global Growth Initiative

Sweetwater’s Record-Setting Gear Fest

• Expanded U.S. Headquarters For Zoom
• inMusic To Acquire Rane
• Schilke Acquires Greenhoe Trombones
• Vandoren’s Global R&D Effort
• KMC Hosts Charity Golf Event
• Loog Guitar Gets Best In Show Award
• NorthBridge Flute Hosts Dealer Clinics
• Parsons Pianos Star At Yangtze Recital
• Floyd Rose Launches Audio Line
• Saga Pays Tribute To Ralph Stanley
• New Electronic Drum Association
• D’Addario Hosts Jazz Event In Nashville
• Fishman Celebrates 35th With Giveaways
• St. Louis Music Launches StagePro Brand
• Lowrey University Convenes
• Super-Sensitive Honors Charter School

• MAE And The Smashed Sign Blues
• Musical Innovations Expands Staff
• Central Instrument’s Star Studded Clinic
• Hollywood Piano Top Baldwin Dealer
• Island Music Hosts Peavey Sound Clinic
• Guitar Center Expands On East Coast
• Portsmouth Drum Wins Arts Award


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