Software Sales Monitor: Market soars to £53.8m

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The market value leaped 94 per cent week-on-week to 53.8m following FIFA 12's release – the biggest week for games retail so far this year.

Units are up 73 per cent to over 1.5m. FIFA 12 beat FIFA 11's launch week with 18 per cent more games sold. And retail generated 34 per cent more revenue from this year's title.

As a rare treat for UK retail, the High Street took 6.5m more cash than it managed during the corresponding week in 2010. However, slightly fewer units were sold.

The market is likely to dip next week, but it should still be a strong seven days for retail. FIFA will continue to be a big seller, while Namco's Dark Souls and Bethesda's Rage should make an impact.

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