LONDON (AFP): Vinyl records are enjoying a ‘renaissance’ in Britain, the music industry's trade body said on Friday, with sales for the year on track for their highest result in nearly two decades. Figures from the Official Charts Company showed almost 800,000 vinyl albums have been sold so far this year, already more than last year's total of 780,674 and nearing the 1-million mark of 1996. ‘Vinyl enthusiasts are now able to enjoy the renaissance of the format,’ said Lynne McDowell, a spokeswoman for the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

‘Vinyl may once have been considered a by-product of a bygone era.