The Canadian Recording Industry Assn. reports a slight upturn in music shipments in 2004. CRIA's figures to Canadian retail outlets also indicate the first year-over-year increase in net shipments si

The Canadian Recording Industry Assn. reports a slight upturn in music shipments in 2004. CRIA's figures to Canadian retail outlets also indicate the first year-over-year increase in net shipments
since 1998.

Net value of sales was up 1% from 2003 figures, to $632 million Canadian ($516.4 million). Units shipped rose 5% to 65.7 million; album units were up 4.9% to 51.3 million. DVD shipments rose 24% to 4.5 million. Singles, meanwhile, plunged 40% to 508,000 units from 847,000 in 2003.

CRIA president Graham Henderson indicates that he is "encouraged" by the showing. "Canadians are returning to the stores to support our artists and to try the new products being marketed," he says.