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Industry Sales Advance In The Face Of Strong Headwinds

The retail value of music products shipped in 2013 advanced 2.1% to $6.81 billion, basically keeping pace with the tepid growth of the economy. Although 2013 represents the fourth straight year of sales gains, shipments are still... READ MORE

North America's Largest Music Products Suppliers Ranked By Sales Volume

Averages can be deceptive. Mark Twain liked to point out that even though the Mississippi River had an average depth of 18", you could still drown in it. This observation is appropriate when viewing the following ranking of the Top 100 North American music products suppliers. Aggregate revenues for the group... READ MORE

Ares Management To Swap Debt For 70% Ownership of Guitar Center

Guitar Center is set to issue $940 million in bonds on March 25 to refinance its $1.6 billion in debt on more favorable terms. The debt issue is part of a total recapitalization plan that will leave Ares Management with a 70% ownership stake in the retailer. According to a report... READ MORE

Report From Frankfurt: Improved Messe Reflects Thaw In European Market

With banking crises and the threat of a Euro meltdown fading, distributors and retailers get back to the task of promoting and selling music products. Business may be better, but caution still prevails.

Read the whole article in this preview of the April issue of Music Trades!

Ban On Ivory Sales Threatens Vintage Market

Guitar Dealers Team With NRA To Protest Sweeping New Executive Order Banning Sale of Ivory

An executive order from the U.S. Department of the Interior banning the import or export of ivory has drawn fierce criticism from vintage guitar dealers as well as the National Rifle Association. Both groups argue... READ MORE

Blast Levels New York Piano Store

New York City retailer Absolute Piano was on the ground floor of a building destroyed in a massive explosion in East Harlem March 12. The sudden blast, thought to have been caused by a gas leak, flattened the piano store along with... READ MORE

Q4 Import Tracker: Imports Gain 4.4% For The Year

The overall value of imports of musical instruments and audio gear as reported in this quarterly report advanced 4.4% for the year, largely driven by strong demand for professional audio products. For the latest... READ MORE

This Month in Music Trades

April 2014 Issue READ IT NOW!

Taking The Measure Of The Music Products Industry

The Music Industry Census
• Assessing Industry Sales:
An analysis of 2013—why sales advanced, and what to expect going forward
• The Sales Charts: Units and dollar values for the industry’s major product categories

The Top 100 Suppliers
• Ranking The Industry’s Top Players:
A sales ranking of North America’s 100 leading music and audio suppliers
• Investing For The Future: Undeterred by the sluggish economy and other structural challenges, these companies are taking matters into their own hands, investing in products, capabilities, and programs to drive growth

Import Tracker: Music imports up 4.4% in 2013

New Owners For Guitar Center? What a debt/equity swap means

• Ivory Ban Threatens Vintage Market
• Celestion Speakers Turns 90
• ARP Synth Makes A Comeback Of Sorts
• Hal Leonard Distributes Tycoon
• Martin Marks 25th Year Of Mexican Plant
• Blessing’s New Production Strategy
• Alfred & Gibson Support Op: Music Aid
• Kelley Sales Agent For KickPort
• Inside China’s Inneo Musical
• Get Ready For Nashville NAMM
• Audix Names Top Rep
• Bartolini Expands Production
• Musicians Inst. Teaches Luthier’s Craft
• Vandoren Supports Emerging Artists
• Retail Up! Special Trial Offers
• ESP Distributes Hayden Amps

• Horrific Blast Levels New York Piano Store
• Sweetwater Defends Against Web Content Plagiarism
• Music Stop Opens In Murfreesboro
• Jail For Music Store Attacker
• Middle C Music Marks 12th Anniversary
• Dale Music To Close


Industry Census

Retail Top 200

Global Sales Data

Quarterly Sales Data

Import Tracker

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