Good news for manufacturers of pencils, although only the hexagonal sort. Britain is going to be needing something to start trying to spool unruly tape back into cassettes, as Cassingles had a massive upswing in sales in 2012. A 300% increase, in fact.
Although the Official Charts Company has a slight note of caution:
That’s right, the Official Charts Company track sales of recorded music in the UK seven days a week, 365 days a year, covering a whopping 99% of the singles market, EVEN CASSETTES! And now, according to this eye-popping treasure trove of data collected daily from music retailers the length and breadth of the country, we can confirm that the market for cassette singles, or ‘cassingles’ tripled in 2012, from 218 to a grand total of 604 copies.480 of those cassingles were Feeder's Borders.
Perhaps even more surprisingly, the Chart people counted 270 albums on minidisc being sold in the UK.
No word on how the few remaining available Digital Compact Cassettes are selling, although "they're not" is most likely.