Comeback: Vinyl records will be stocked at Tesco for the first time Eric de Redelijkheid/Flickr/Creative Commons licence CC BY-SA 2.0
Tesco is to start selling vinyl records for the first time in its history in recognition of the format’s increasing popularity.
The supermarket giant, which has been selling CDs for decades, will stock a small selection of classic albums as well as a few new titles by the likes of Coldplay and George Ezra.
LPs by The Beatles, Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley and Elvis Presley be available, priced between £12 and £20.
Sales of vinyl, which hit an all-time low in 2007, have been steadily rising in the years since. In 2014, more than 1.2 million records were sold in Britain – the most in a single year since 1995.
It follows a small trial over the summer, during which 55 Tesco branches sold an Iron Maiden album.
Michael Mulligan, the chain’s music buyer, said: “Our trial selling vinyl this summer was a real success with all our stock selling out and this really proved to us just how popular the vinyl album format is again with music fans.
“Vinyl is definitely coming back with demand growing stronger year by year and we think there will be a big demand in the UK this Christmas as music fans look for trendy gifting options.
“We have brought in vinyl albums for everyone – from new releases for established collectors to absolute classics for younger fans and for mums and dads who might have worn out their original copies the first time round.
“By also selling record decks, we are helping customers who are looking to start their own vinyl album collection.”
Supermarkets’ ability to undercut record shops and sell cheap CDs was blamed in part for the decline of music retailers throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
Despite the surge in its popularity, vinyl still makes up a fraction of music sales worldwide – about 2 per cent in 2014.
Tesco will initially sell the records at 40 branches, but has not ruled out extending its vinyl stock if the titles prove popular.