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Best Buy to Stop Selling CDs, Target Might Be Next

People wait in line outside a Best Buy store on Black Friday in Los Angeles, California on November 24, 2017. Black Friday occurs the day after Thanksgiving and kicks off the holiday shopping season, as retailers lure shoppers with reduced prices. (Photo by Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Big-box electronics retailer Best Buy will stop selling CDs later this year. According to a new report from Billboard, CD sales were down 18.5 percent last year, with retailers like Best Buy and even Target looking to stop carrying the format in stores.

In a new announcement, Best Buy has told music suppliers that it plans to pull CDs from its shelves starting July 1. According to sources at Billboard, the company was only generating around $40 million annually in CD sales, a sharp decline from what was once a billion dollar offering for Best Buy. The company will continue to carry vinyl records for the next two years, following a commitment it made to suppliers.

Target is also rumored to discontinue its in-store CD sales. Sources at Billboard say that the company is trying to renegotiate with music suppliers on a consignment basis. While today, Target takes an inventory risk by agreeing to pay for bulk CD purchases upfront, consignment shifts the inventory risk back onto labels and distributors.

Read Billboard‘s full report here.