Online music sales in Italy soared in the first six months of 2007, according to a new report.

Research conducted on behalf of industry body FIMI by the auditing company Deloitte reveals digital album sold via online music stores increased by 66% in the first six months of 2007, while singles grew by 33% compared with the same period in 2006.

The overall value of Internet-delivered music sales in Italy in the first semester of 2007 was estimated at €2.7 million ($3.7 million), on growth of 44%. Unit figures were not available.

FIMI president Enzo Mazza tells "We reckon that digital sales now account for about 7% of the Italian market. We estimate that this 7% can be divided into roughly 3% online and 4% mobile."