The third quarter retail sales of combined DVD/Blu-ray units increased from the previous second quarter (+) 8.8% in Western Europe/Japan, according to a Media Control GfK International research.
The research is based on actual point-of-sale data. Leading key retail markets included Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Sweden, and the U.K.
"We observe this quarter-to-quarter growth as a positive sign of recovery for the home entertainment retail markets, and anticipate a strong fourth quarter will help offset year-to-date declines" said Brad Hackley, President of Media Control GfK, USA.
Year-over-year third quarter sales volume of combined DVD/Blu-ray units were down (-) 3.8% in Western Europe/Japan. The Blu-ray format continued its double-digit growth trajectory with unit sales volume up (+) 67.6%, from last year.