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Annual U.S. game retail could hit six-year low in 2012



May 14, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GME , XRT , RTH

According to the NPD Group's retail sales estimates, the actual decline was a shocking 42%. Console and handheld software sales fell from $503 million last April to a mere $292 million for the same period this year.

I can slice the market however you wish – console and handheld, high def and standard def, hardware and software – but practically everyone took a hit at U.S. game retail.

The only segment that did not suffer was the accessories segment, where the NPD Group records sales of controllers, cases, and points cards. Accessories inched up from $147.8 million last year to $148.6 million this year, a mere 0.5% increase. That's hardly a win in my book.

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