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US retail sales of video games fell for 7th month

NPD says US retail sales of video games fell 29 percent in May, 7th month of decline By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) A new report says U.S. retail sales of video-game 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 video games 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 Inc.'s Warner Bros. Interactive.

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