The Italian recorded music industry shrank by 19% in 2009, according to figures released today by the major labels representative body FIMI.

The figures were collected for FIMI by the auditing company Deloitte. Overall recording industry turnover fell to €144 million ($196 million) in 2009, from €178 million ($242 million) in 2008. The figures for CD and musical DVD sales fell by 24% to €123 million ($168 million); CD sales in Italy fell for the ninth consecutive year.

FIMI did, however, try to paint a positive picture in terms of the country's digital music business, which topped €20 million ($27 million) for the first time, a growth of 27% with respect to the €16 million ($22 million) of 2008. The lion's share of this business was online, while mobile phone revenue accounted for €3.8 million ($5 million).

FIMI released these figures at the seaside resort of Sanremo, which is hosting the country's flagship Sanremo Festival this week. The festival opened last night and will run until Saturday night. It is expected that the presenters will bring attention to these figures during tonight's (Feb. 17) show.