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U.S. Video Game Sales Up 13 Percent in February

by Judy on March 11, 2005 @ 2:59 p.m. PST

U.S. sales of video games rose 13 percent in February, analysts said today, driven by the release of the hotly anticipated driving game Gran Turismo 4 and continued strength of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Citing data from the NPD Group, analysts said Sony's GT4 from Sony was the best seller for the month, followed by Electronic Arts' NBA Street Vol. 3 and San Andreas from Take-Two Interactive Software.

Analysts also cited evidence that hardware shortages were starting to ease and retailers had a better supply of consoles and handhelds. Retailers suffered during the last year-end holiday shopping season because of shortages particularly of the PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

The PS2 easily outsold both the Xbox and the GameCube in February and moved past 1 million units for the year to date.

More broadly, analysts expect industry sales to be flat to up 5 percent in 2005, as the industry transitions from the current generation of consoles to a new set of hardware over the next 24 months.

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