Pew! Pew! US Videogame Sales Fall for 7th Month
A new report says U.S. retail sales of videogame hardware, software and accessories fell for a seventh consecutive month.
Sales declined 29 percent in June to $700 million.
Sales of console and portable software — the videogames themselves — fell 29 percent from a year earlier to $329 million. Sales of hardware fell 45 percent to $201 million. That was offset partly by a 4-percent increase in sales of accessories, to $170 million.
Thursday's report by NPD Group tracks sales of new physical products — about 50 percent to 60 percent of the total spending. Excluded are sales of used games and rentals as well as digital and social-network spending.
The top-selling game was "Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes," from Time Warner's Warner Bros. Interactive.