In 2009 Dutch consumers spent a total of €884.1 million ($1.2 billion) on music, video and games, down 7.1% on 2008's results.

The figures were issued by Dutch entertainment industry body NVPI and are based on data collected by research bureau GfK Retail and Technology.

The music market in Holland performed reasonably well in 2009, down 4.6% in value to €258.4 million ($351 million) and down just 0.2% in volume to 26.2 million units. CD albums were down 5.8% in value to €211 million ($286.5 million).

Digital tracks sold 5.5 million units in 2009, but digital albums moved just 940,000 units. CDs moved 17 million units by volume last year - down 5.5% - and accounted for 96% of the albums market by value and 82% of the entire music market (digital singles and albums, CD albums and singles and music video on DVD/VHS) by value.

Despite strong growth in digital - digital albums increased by 34.8% in both volume and in value for €9.4 million ($12.8 million) - digital content still only accounts for 5.7% in the total value of the Dutch music market.

It is the first time in years that the total entertainment market in the Netherlands has shown a decline. In former years the decline of the music market was made up for by increasing income from video and games.

Last year, the movie DVDs market shrunk by 10.8% in value to €292.9 million ($397.9 million) compared to 2008. NVPI blames illegal digital offerings for the decline and calls it "very worrying." Blu-ray sales were on the rise though, up 97.6% to €19 million ($25.8 million). But it was not enough to compensate for the overall fall for the combined sales of both formats: down 7.9% in value to €312 million ($423.9 million) and down 9.4% in volume to 29.6 million units.

Even the games market, which showed strong growth in the past years, fell into decline in 2009. Consoles and games, having reached mass consumption, were subject to price cuts, resulting in an 8.4% lower income to €313.7 million ($426.2 million) for all games software and a 27% decline on games hardware to €228.1 million ($309.9 million).

NVPI has called on the Dutch government to "stop talking and take actions."

"In order to make digital business models work for the entertainment industry, it is of utmost importance the government acknowledges the problems caused by illegal file-sharing, and does all it can to help in fighting it," says NVPI CEO Paul Solleveld.

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