GameStop reports record Q2

Video game retail giant, GameStop, has reported record financials for the second quarter of 2008.

Net earnings reached $57.2 million for its Q2, an increase of 162.1 per cent over the same period last year. Sales also leapt 34.8 per cent to $1,804.4 million.

The firm highlighted GTA IV, Metal Gear Solid 4, NCAA Football 09, Wii Fit and Battlefield: Bad Company as the reason behind its growth.

In the second quarter, we produced record revenues in each of the geographical regions where we operate,” said chairman and CEO Richard Fontaine. By prioritising our investments and focusing our resources, GameStop continues to significantly outperform the specialty retail segment as a whole, when comparing top-line growth, comparable store sales, and net earnings growth.”

Following the stronger than expected second quarter, GameStop is increasing its fiscal 2008 guidance. Full year diluted earnings per share are now forecast to range from $2.45 to $2.50, representing a 36 per cent to 39 per cent growth over last year.

The firm has also expressed confidence in the second half of 2008, citing Call of Duty: World at War, LEGO Batman, Spore, LittleBigPlanet and Guitar Hero World Tour as potential big sellers.

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