Vinyl revival prompts a boom in turntable sales for John Lewis

Record sales: Demand for turntables has increased by 240 per cent at John Lewis this year
Once seen as the domain of DJs and Hackney hipsters, the humble record has returned to its former glory as a mainstream trend.

Past predictions that vinyl would go the way of the cassette tape have proved incorrect, according to John Lewis, which has reported a 240 per cent increase in turntables in 2015.

The department store stocked only one type of turntable during the 2000s, but its range has grown to eight models due to the spread of interest, as urban trendsetters and Home Counties buyers have all recently been dusting off their old collections.

Last year, UK sales of vinyl topped 1.3m for the first time since 1995, while sales of vinyl in the US were at their highest since 1991. Sales of vinyl albums have increased by 69 per cent year on year, according to figures for the first quarter of this year, while singles have risen by 23 per cent.

In turn, vinyl records have been granted their own official chart, with Blur’s comeback album “The Magic Whip” currently at the top.

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