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'NCAA Football 14' tackles July video game sales mark

ncaa0815 NPD's monthly sales reports have shown declines since January resulted in an increase -- and 12 more months of declines prior to that. However, NPD analyst Liam Callahan noted that retail sales does not account for sales of digital games and used games, as well as rentals, which would bring the monthly total for consumer spending to nearly $1.2 billion. The complete Top 10 (publisher in parentheses): 1) NCAA Football 14 (Electronic Arts) 2) Minecraft (Microsoft) 3) The Last of Us (Sony) 4) Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision Blizzard) 5) Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo) 6) Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft) 7) Battlefield 3 (Electronic Arts) 8) Injustice: Gods Among Us (Warner Bros. Interactive) 9) NBA 2K13 (Take 2 Interactive) 10) Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive) Video game software sales amounted to $210.1 million, down 19% from July 2012 ($260.8 million) and hardware sales were $99.4 million, 34% below July 2012 ($99.4 million). Video game accessories dipped only 3% to $133.4 million. Nintendo's vente a domicile 3DS handheld system was the only video game hardware platform to have higher sales than in July 2012. "The last time a portable was the top selling hardware platform for three consecutive months occurred from October 2010 to December 2010 with the Nintendo DS," Callahan said. Nintendo has sold 8.9 million 3DS systems in the U.S.
Pour la version originale de l'article, voir http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2013/08/15/npd-video-game-sales-july/2662777/

US retail sales drop

Douglas McMillon, chief executive of Walmart International. The announcement of Walmartas sales figures followed similarly depressed figures from other retailers. Kohlas, the discount clothing store, said Thursday its profits for the spring quarter fell 3.5 per cent. The company also downgraded its earnings forecast for the rest of the year, after sales grew less than expected. The previous day, Macyas, the US department store, said its sales fell 0.8 per cent in the most recent quarter, its first drop in same-store sales since 2009, leading the company to slash its annual profit forecast. aWe believe that much of our weakness is due to the health of the consumer,a said Karen Hoguet, the retaileras chief financial officer, in a conference call with analysts. Macyas CEO Terry Lundgren added that the low sales figures expressed aconsumersa continuing uncertainty about spending on discretionary items in the current economic environment.a Commentators echoed the retailersa claims that poor economic conditions for working people contributed to the reduced sales at low-end retailers. aThis has been a tough recovery for folks who are their prime customer base,a Jared Bernstein, of Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told the New York Times.
Pour la version originale de l'article, voir http://dawn.com/news/1036764/us-retail-sales-drop

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