NPD: Grand Theft Auto V leads industry to positive month in September

NPD’s monthly retail report reveals that Grand Theft Auto V sales have carried the industry to a 27 per cent year-over-year increase in total revenue.

This year’s period saw $1.07bn earned, versus the $848m brought in during September 2012.

Physical Software sales – where GTA V’s impact was located – were up 52 per cent to $754.3m, compared to $497.5m last year.

Madden NFL 25 and NBA 2K14 pitched in as well, but Rockstar’s latest stands a distant first on the top ten software titles chart.

GTA V also assisted Sony, as PS3 overtook Xbox 360 in hardware – ending Microsoft’s consecutive streak on top of the segment.

PS3 came out on top largely thanks to the system’s Grand Theft Auto V bundle, according to NPD Group’s Liam Callahan.

Still, the hardware segment finished down 13 per cent from 2012, bringing in $183.2m for the month. Accessories saw a two per cent increase from 2012, bringing in $142.3m.

Here’s the top ten selling software products for September:

  1. Grand Theft Auto 5 (360, PS3)
  2. Madden NFL 25 (360, PS3)
  3. NBA 2k14 (360, PS3, PC)
  4. Diablo 3 (360, PS3, PC)**
  5. FIFA 14 (360, PS3, Vita)
  6. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS3)
  7. Disney Infinity (360, Wii, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
  8. NHL 14 (360, PS3)
  9. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (360)
  10. Saints Row 4 (360, PS3, PC)

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