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2010-10-15 12:25:00

The NPD Group unveiled more data this week that shows sales of videogame gear and software at stores dropped again in September. According to the NPD Group, revenue from videogame hardware and titles added up to $1.22 billion, which is eight percent less than the $1.32 billion taken in during the same month last year. "While industry sales of new physical retail sales show a decline versus year ago, it's important to remember that there is a growing volume of content being sold digitally,"...

2010-09-10 12:10:00

NPD Group reported on Thursday that videogame sales slipped again in August as the industry hoped that hot titles and new motion-sensing controllers would kick the market back up. According to NPD, revenue from videogame software and hardware tallied $818.9 million, 10 percent less than the $910.3 million taken during the same month a year prior. "In fact, this month reflected the lowest sales for August since 2006," NPD analyst Anita Frazier told AFP news. "While all categories are down...

2010-08-13 14:30:00

NPD Group reports that U.S. videogame industry sales slipped in July, despite a jump in the number of shoppers snatching up Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (PS3) and Wii consoles. The $846.5 million spent on videogame hardware and software was about one percent less than the revenue posted the same month a year ago, despite console sales rising 12 percent to $313.8 million. Videogame software sales saw an 8 percent drop with $403.3 million, compared to $438 million spent on titles the same month a...

2010-08-04 14:24:48

Industry tracker NPD said on Wednesday that smartphones running Google's Android software were the top selling phones in the U.S. market during the second quarter. Android accounted for a third of all smartphone sales during the April-June period, with Research in Motion's BlackBerry sliding down to second place. BlackBerry fell down to 28 percent market share after dropping nine percentage points.  RIM unveiled a new touchscreen device on Tuesday as the company tries to reinvigorate...

2010-07-16 12:30:00

Market researcher NPD Group reported this week that U.S. retail sales of hardware, software and accessories for the video game industry dropped 6 percent from last year. NPD said that sales of game software dropped 15 percent to $531.3 million.  Analysts were expecting a smaller decline. Hardware sales climbed 5 percent to $401.7 million.  NPD Analyst Anita Frazier told The Associated Press (AP) that Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 and Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 saw unit sales improve...

2010-06-23 07:00:00

GERMANTOWN, Md., June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), a worldwide leader in managed network solutions, today announced the availability of its new portfolio of Hughes Wi-Fi Solutions. Built on the capabilities of the Wi-Fi scanning solution announced earlier this year, Hughes Wi-Fi Solutions enable retailers to provide customers with convenient high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access using their smartphones or laptops, while ensuring security of personal...

2010-05-13 07:00:00

OGDEN, Utah, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- MarketStar Corporation and The NPD Group, Inc., a leading market research company, are introducing a new offering called Intellalign, the only product of its kind to combine MarketStar's real-time market insight with NPD's actual POS store level data to determine the most efficient marketing programs to grow retail presence, accelerate sales and improve ROI. Intellalign provides retail marketers with unprecedented intelligence so they can determine...

2010-05-10 13:21:00

CAMPBELL, Calif. and AUSTIN, Texas, May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society for Information Display (SID), the leading global organization dedicated to the advancement of electronic-display technology, and DisplaySearch, the worldwide leader in display market research, today announced that Sony Electronics' President and Chief Operating Officer Stan Glasgow will deliver the keynote address during the SID DisplaySearch Business Conference, which will be held during Display Week 2010 (May 23-28)...

2010-05-10 13:30:00

Google has taken over Apple's spot as the second most popular smartphone software provider in the U.S. during the first quarter of the year. According to NPD Group, smartphones featuring Google's Android operating system accounted for 28 percent of U.S. smartphone unit sales in the first quarter, behind top ranked Research in Motion, which had a 36 percent share of the market. Smartphones are increasingly replacing no-frills cell phones for many U.S. consumers. The devices have created a...

2010-03-12 10:25:00

Video game sales in the United States dropped 15 percent in February, partially due to an ongoing decline in sales of music games and lower pricing on the Nintendo Wii console. Americans spent 1.26 billion dollars on video game software, systems and accessories in February, down from 1.48 billion dollars a year ago, according to market research firm NPD Group on Thursday. February is generally a slow month for the video game industry, which earns most of its money during the holiday season....

Word of the Day
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.