Tag Archives: 2009

MCV Awards: See the video here

Keep on moving is the message for the UK games business in 2009, as demonstrated by leading execs in this year’s MCV Awards video skit. Watch David Yarnton (Nintendo), Michael Rawlinson (ELSPA), John Clark (Sega), Martyn Gibbs (Gamestation) and Murray Pannell (Ubisoft) re-enact the dance moves from a cheesy pop …

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Microsoft suffers first ever quarterly drop

Global software and hardware company Microsoft has suffered its first quarterly drop in revenues and sales in its 23 years as a public company, though its Xbox operations remained one of strongest parts of the business. Revenues for the quarter ending March 31st were down six per cent on the …

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MCV Awards updates on Twitter tonight

Tonight is the biggest night in the UK games industry as all the people who matter descend on London’s The Brewery for the 2009 MCV Industry Excellence Awards – and if you’re a Twitter member you’ll be able to get the news as it happens. As long as you have …

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London retail continues to outpace UK

The UK capital once again defied the wider economic downturn last month with a like-for-like sales climb of 5.1 per cent in March – in contrast, the UK as a whole saw like-for-likes drop 1.2 per cent compared to the same month in 2008. For the first quarter of 2009, …

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Tesco profits pass £3bn

The UK’s leading retailer Tesco has reported record pre-tax profits of 3.13bn for the year ending February 28th 2009 – a ten per cent increase over the same period a year before. On average the supermarket saw sales in excess of 1bn every single week, with total sales for the …

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NPD: Hardware and digital sales surge for Microsoft

Microsoft was understandably upbeat following the release of NPD’s March statistics, which showed that Xbox 360 was the only console to see year-on-year hardware sales increases. The 360 sold 330,000 units throughout the month, a 25 per cent increase on the same month in 2008. The numbers, the platform holder …

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NPD: Sony talks software not hardware in March response

Sony neglected to make any mention of PS3 hardware sales in its response to NPD’s March numbers, which showed year-on-year declines for the machine, and instead chose to focus on its unquestionably strong 2009 software line-up. Guerilla’s Killzone 2 has now sold more than one million copies worldwide since its …

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NPD: Nintendo positive despite Wii sales drop

The lack of a March-based Easter has not only dented NPD’s previously untouchable clean run of strong monthly US sales results, but also chinked the previously unblemished armour of market leader Nintendo. Sales of its Wii console fell 17 per cent compared to march 2008, with 601,000 units shifted. It’s …

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NPD: March market suffers 17% sales slide

The North American video game market has been dealt a heavy yet expected blow as the latest NPD figures show year-on-year declines for March. The US market generated a total of $1.43bn in March; a significant 17 per cent fall from the same period last year, and a slight trim …

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Nokia profits plunge 90%

2009 has proved to be a testing time for Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia, with the telecoms specialist reporting a 90 per cent fall in profits for Q1 2009. Net profits reached €122m, heavily down on the €1.2bn in the same period in 2008. Sales were also down, dropping 27 …

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