The numbers are in and Record Store Day produced a nearly 1% gain -- to 566,000 for the week versus 561,000 from the corresponding week of the prior year -- in U.S. album sales for the indie store sector, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

While that may seem meager, it comes off as strong considering that U.S. album sales were down 15% last week to 6.3 million from 7.5 million in the corresponding week for the prior year.

"Any sales increase nowadays is a big victory," says one distribution executive. "Record Store Day was a big success."

Beyond album sales, Record Store Day is being felt in other places in SoundScan. For instance, 80,000 vinyl albums were scanned last year, versus 40,000 in the same week of the prior year, while 46,000 singles were counted last week versus 33,000 in the same week last year.

Also, Wilco's "Ashes of American Flags," available exclusively at Record Store Day participants, debuts on top of the video chart with nearly 9,000 scans, or 65.7% greater than the previous week's No. 1 video, Jeff Beck's "Performing This Week."

Moreover 11 spots of the top 20 singles in SoundScan's physical singles charts are occupied by Record Store Day exclusives, and that might have been more impressive, but a lot of titles weren't registered by SoundScan, including all the Columbia exclusive singles.

Finally, the nearly 1% gain only represents indie stores while regional chains participating in Record Store Day like Newbury Comics, Bull Moose, Dimples and Rasputin, are each counted as chains. SoundScan says the chain category was down 21% in album sales last week, but that also includes accounts like Best Buy, Borders, and Trans World so its hard to track Record Store Day activity in that sector.

In an e-mail to the industry, Music Monitor Network president Michael Kurtz wrote that Record Store Day participants averaged a 20% increase over last year's event sales. He also noted that Record Story Day made the top 5 news stories at Google on Saturday and was the 35th most searched item.

Record Store Day at Criminal Records in Atlanta was "off the hook," owner Eric Levin told Billboard. "People were flipping out over this new act on Nonesuch, Carolina Chocolate Drop, who were incredible. Mike Farris brought his full gear in and wowed everyone, while Manchester Orchestra were just kicking. I had a mass of screaming teenagers waving their [Manchester Orchestra] records; it was like Beatlemania."

Levin reported that he brought in 60 cases of Pabst Blue Ribbon tall boys, a keg of beer, and Monster Energy drinks, while all of the local restaurants in the area donated food.

Billboard began its Record Store Day at 11:30 a.m. at Other Music, on Fourth Street in Manhattan, where 50 people were waiting in line to get into the store. Billboard never actually made it inside, but hanging out by the front door, got a taste of what was going on inside.

As customers made it to the front of the line, they were asking if different exclusive records made just for Record Store Day were still available. When a customer found out that the Bob Dylan single might be sold out, he says "Damn," but waits to go inside anyway. Another customer walked up and when he finds out the Elvis Costello single is sold out decides not to wait on the line. But the next customer in front of the line is happy to learn that the Sonic Youth exclusive is still in stock.

At noon it was off to J&R Music, which is in downtown Manhattan on Park Row, across the street from City Hall. J&R Music World GM of music and video Sue Bryan was greeting customers walking into the store. She was wearing a J&R t-shirt, made by Sony Music Entertainment, that declared the store has been "indie since 1971." At 1:00 p.m., Shinehead takes the stage and turns in an acoustic set, the first of three scheduled for the day.

After J&R its off to Generation Records in the heart of Greenwich Village, where a shopper leaving the store at 2:30 said that he guessed Record Store Day hadn't launched at Generation yet. But had that shopper arrived at 2:00 p.m., he would have seen a line reaching down the block. Inside, it was a typical Saturday at the store with about 20 shoppers going through the bins. But in the back, the stairs to downstairs are chained off.

The following day, Rusty, a Generation Records sales clerk told Billboard that at that time about 140 people were in the basement listening to an acoustic set from Bouncing Souls. "Yesterday was a great day," he said. "We sold 100 7-inch records that the Bouncing Souls made to celebrate their 20th anniversary."

A couple of blocks away on Sixth Avenue, Fat Beats has about 40 shoppers swaying to the beats laid down by DJ Rob Swift, who was doing what he called his "Latin Scratch Routine." Fat Beats exemplified the good time feelings in record stores for the day, everyone having a good time, getting off on music.

Billboard's last stop of the day was at Basement Mix, where about 400 people jammed the parking lot and street outside the store, listening to rappers and DJs. The Talkin Money crew had command of the stage by the time a parking spot could be found, and they were followed by Lil Mama who lit up the stage and the crowd.

The performances moved quickly and no sooner had Lil Mama exited stage right then Dez'o hit the stage for a quick rap, followed by the the RingMasters dance crew. Dare Royal Cakes were on the street with 1,000 cupcakes in two flavors -- red velvet and coconut -- for Basement Mix customers.