In a further blow to the British CD singles sector, U.K. retailer WH Smith today (Feb. 23) confirmed it will stop selling singles. The retailer's decision follows a company-wide review of its entertai

In a further blow to the British CD singles sector, U.K. retailer WH Smith today (Feb. 23) confirmed it will stop selling singles. The retailer's decision follows a company-wide review of its entertainment-product offerings.

A WH Smith spokesperson says the decision is "a result of the growing demand for albums and DVDs coupled with the 33% market-wide fall in the singles market."

Recent retail statistics issued by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) indicate WH Smith held more than 8% of the singles market share in both value and volume terms during 2002.

Across the U.K. industry, recent BPI figures suggest only 36.4 million singles were shipped in 2003, representing a 31% year-on-year drop.

WH Smith says it hopes its strategy will maximize sales of DVDs and albums. According to the BPI's figures, the retailer holds more than 5% of the British albums market.