Profile America — Saturday, April 16th. This is Record Store Day — a day to celebrate the remaining retail outlets that carry on largely as if the digital revolution never happened in the consumer music business. Those of a certain age will remember fondly dropping by their local music store to find out about the latest releases and perhaps hear them at special listening stations before deciding to buy a certain song. Across the U.S., there are nearly 13,000 independent record stores, over 8,000 of them are run just by the owner. All together, they sell more than $7 billion worth of cassettes, CDs, and phonograph records, as well as DVDs. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 223
2007 Economic Census, NAICS 45122
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