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Global sales supergroup formed

The might of territory sales monitors GFK (Europe), Chart-Track (UK), NPD (US) and Enterbrain (Japan) have joined forces to form a new global sales monitoring ‘supergroup’. The new coalition will release the Top Global Markets Report, which will integrate point-of-sale (POS) data for video game software sales in the world’s …

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US: Nintendo dominates July

Nintendo is celebrating another month as the biggest selling platform holder in the US – with both Wii and DS proving the two best perfoming consoles in July. DS sold the most in the month, with a whopping 608,400 units shifted. Wii sold 555,000. PlayStation 3 shifted 224,900 in the …

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US market rockets 47% in April

US citizens spent $1.23 billion on video games, hardware and accessories in April, up 47 percent from a year earlier – despite the financial pressure from soaring prices of food and gasoline. According to NPD data, software sales were up 68 percent, fuelled by Grand Theft Auto IV – by …

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US: Wii sells 721k units in March

NPD data shows that the US video games market was worth $1.7 billion in March – a jump of 57 per cent on February’s data. The jump was thanks largely to 721,000 sales of Wii hardware, as well as consumers snapping up 2.7 million units of Super Smash Bros Brawl. …

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72% of US population are gamers

A report send out by games market monitor The NPD Group claims that 72 per cent of citizens living in the United States played a video game across 2007, representing an 8 per cent increase from 2006. According to NPD, 40 per cent of United States residents played an online …

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US: Nintendo and Sony bullish over Feb figures

Following NPD’s games industry report for North America in February , Nintendo and Sony have responded in bullish fashion and spoken positively about the year ahead. Nintendo, whose DS and Wii were the clear hardware leaders for the month selling over a million between them, said in a statement: Our …

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US: Microsoft confident as spend on 360 beats rivals

Microsoft’s response to NPD’s February sales figures may have been comparatively muted, but its confidence ahead of the release of Rockstar’s GTAIV is still clear to see. A statement from the firm read: Xbox 360 remained in a supply constrained situation in February. The situation is improving and we are …

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US: Feb sales reach $1.3bn

US sales body NPD has released its figures for games industry sales in February in North America, and they show a massive 47 per cent increase in software sales and 19 per cent hike in hardware sales – with total national sales hitting a massive $1.33 billion. Breaking that number …

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US: Games market climbs by 43 per cent in 07

The US video games industry is sky-high following news of a bumper 2007 that saw total video game related sales for the year hit $17.94 billion – an increase of 43 per cent compared to the $12.53 million hit in 2006, according to figures from NPD. Breaking the sectors down, …

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Activision topples EA in US

US publisher Activision has become the first video games publisher in a decade to better Electronic Arts and become the top grossing third party publisher for the first half of 2007 in North America. Next-Gen reports that Activision’s gross sales hit $397.8 million in the period between January and June …

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