The Japanese music market -- the world's second-biggest -- fared poorly in the first half of 2007, at least in terms of physical product, according to new data released by labels body the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan.

Production of pre-recorded audio software by the RIAJ's 46 member companies in the first six months of 2007 totaled 129.7 million units, down 9% from the corresponding period of 2006, the RIAJ said.

Production of domestic repertoire was down 7% to 97 million units, for a value of ¥117.5 billion ($963.3 million), down 5%.

The story for foreign repertoire was particularly grim. Production was down 16% to 32.6 million units, while its wholesale value fell 9% to ¥39.1 billion ($320.6 million).

Meanwhile, production of music-related videos and DVDs in the January-June half rose 8% to 25.3 million units, for a wholesale value of ¥25.8 billion ($211.4 million), down 4%.

The RIAJ is scheduled to release first-half digital sales data soon.