HMV has claimed that it became the UK's no.1 retailer for physical entertainment products in the two weeks before Christmas, overtaking Amazon and accounting for one in three sales of CDs and DVDs.

The retailer also reported its highest vinyl sales since the mid-90s, with more than 350,000 units sold - an increase of 170% year-on-year.

CD sales were up 1.5%, while DVD and Blu-ray sales were 0.5% higher in the year to December 2014 compared to the previous year, claimed HMV.

HMV reported that total sales reached £365.7m in the year to December 2014, up from £311.2m between 29th January and 28th December 2013. 

The retailer placed particular emphasis on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, in addition to live in-store performances and signings from the likes of Take That and Kasabian (pictured above).

HMV ran in to trouble at the start of 2013, before it was bought by restructuring specialist, Hilco Capital - acquiring 132 HMV stores across the UK.

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Hilco Capital chief executive Paul McGowan said: "HMV has captured more and more market share in a year when major new movie releases have been scarce and there have been only a few major album successes.

"With a bumper year of new releases already planned for 2015, we expect to have overall growth in like-for-like DVD and Blu-ray sales - as well as continued growth in the physical music sector with vinyl also expected to continue its revival."

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Thats great news..still some

Thats great news..still some life in the high street yet and nothing better then picking a product up and looking at it and having it there and then.Whist it may not be possible for people to always do this,for the ones who can its great.And prices are the same or if not cheaper then amazon on new releses and the 5 for £30 or 3 for £20.