The amount of money spent by Italians on concerts fell by 12.6% in the first six months of 2006 with respect to the same period in 2005, according to figures released by collecting society SIAE.

A total of €75 million ($99 million) was spent on concert tickets, according to the society, whose remit includes tickets for various forms of entertainment, including theatrical performances, cinema, art exhibitions and dancing.

SIAE reported increases for cinema (14.4%), theater (29.4%) and art exhibitions (20.3%), with only concerts and dancing (-11.7%) registering a decline.

Overall, the Italian entertainment sector generated ticket revenue of just over €1 billion ($1.32 billion) in the first half, of which live music accounted for 7%. This figure was behind cinema (31%), dancing (23%), theater (16%) and sporting events (14%), but ahead of art exhibitions (6%) and "traveling shows" (3%).

Italy's entertainment ticket revenue in the first six months of 2006 increased by 6.5% compared with the same period in 2005.

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