Despite hopeful signs for growth in the early part of 2011, the Record Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) final 2011 physical music shipment figures showed a continuing, if slowed, decline.
Total audio shipments in this period were 199.5 million units, down 5% from 2010, for a value of 211.6 billion yen ($2.7 billion). This represents a drop of 6% in value compared to 2010. By comparison, however, the decline slowed from the previous year. In 2010 total shipments fell 10% in value compared to 2009.