UK retailers sell 2.2m boxed games in last big sales week before Christmas

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UK boxed games retailers sold 2.23m video games last week.

In total, the likes of GAME, Amazon and Tesco made 56.7m from the sale of software. A rise of 13 per cent week-on-week.

The numbers are disappointing for those buyers and store managers expecting a late festive rush. For the comparable seven day period last year, games retailers sold 3.5m games.

It means that the video game software market is heading for a 29 per cent decline for 2012, a huge drop that will likely have a significant impact on the High Street.

However, 56.7m in a week is still a significant figure and signifies that despite the decline, there is still a lot of money to be made from traditional retail.

Furthermore, such a severe decline is unlikely to be repeated next year. With a busy Q1 release schedule, the anticipated arrivals of GTA V and Battlefield 4 (alongside the traditional Call of Dutys and FIFAs) plus the prospect of next generation hardware, analysts and MCV expect next year to be a return to growth for the UK High Street.

Data is courtesy of UKIE/GfK Chart-Track.

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