The trade value of music shipments in Sweden fell 14.7% to 1.33 billion kronor ($181.5 million) in 2003, according to figures released by labels body Grammofonleverantörernas Förening (GLF).

The trade value of music shipments in Sweden fell 14.7% to 1.33 billion kronor ($181.5 million) in 2003, according to figures released by labels body Grammofonleverantörernas Förening (GLF). Volume fell 12% to 24.6 million units.

Domestic repertoire in 2003 represented a record 37% of total shipments. Thirteen of the top-20 albums were by Swedish artists, including Roxette's Per Gessle, Carola, the Cardigans, Lars Winnerbäck and Kent.

Shipments of CD albums dropped 16.5% in value to 1.21 billion kronor ($165.7 million), with volume down 8.2% to 21.3 million units.

Singles fell 45.2% to 29.9 million kronor ($4.1 million), with volume down 39.4% to 2.05 million units. Music cassettes were down 10% to 6 million kronor ($819,694) and 32.2% to 178,000 units. Vinyl albums fell 37.6% to 1.5 million kronor ($207,592) and 41.6% to 25,000 units.

Music-related DVD shipments continued to report growth, climbing 271.2% in volume to 795,000 units, on a 204.7% hike in value to 71.6 million kronor ($9.8 million).

GLF estimates that its member companies account for some 90% of prerecorded music sales in Sweden, including music DVD and VHS titles.

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