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2009-08-14 13:15:00

Video game sales had a steep drop in July, showing an even bigger decline than what many analysts were expecting during the recession, The Associated Press reported. Gaming hardware sales, along with software and accessories dropped to $848.8 million -- a 29 percent drop from the same period last year, according to Market researcher NPD Group. Sales have now declined for 5 straight months this year and the recent drop was even bigger than analysts anticipated. Mike Hickey, an analyst for...

2009-07-17 11:20:00

Analysis from the NPD Group showed that U.S. videogame sales in June dropped for the fourth consecutive month as the previously recession-defying industry starts to show its vulnerability to current economic troubles, AFP reported. The industry-tracker reported videogame sales of $1.17 billion in June were 31 percent less than those in the same month a year earlier, marking the biggest drop since 2000. NPD analyst Anita Frazier said in a statement it was one of the first months where she...

2009-06-24 09:29:28

NPD Group, a leading market research group, found in a study that active Twitter users buy 77 percent more digital music on average than non-users, and 12 percent have bought music in the last three months. "Based on their music-purchasing history, active Twitter users are simply worth more to record labels and music retailers than those who are not using Twitter," says NPD entertainment analyst Russ Crupnick. The study showed that a third of all Twitter users reported buying a CD in the...

2009-06-12 13:30:00

In May of last year, U.S. video gamers spent more on games, hardware and accessories than this May, suggesting this year's release schedule couldn't compete with Take Two Interactive's "Grand Theft Auto IV" last spring, The Associated Press reported. Spending fell 23 percent from last May to $863 million, according to the NPD Group.  They announced it was the first monthly tally below $1 billion since August 2007 and the third month in a row of declines year-over-year. THQ Inc.'s "UFC...

2009-05-19 08:00:00

New webcam is easy to use with vivid video and clear audio.   REDMOND, Wash., May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today Microsoft Hardware, makers of the best-selling LifeCam line,(1) delivers quality video calling for under $30 (U.S.) with the LifeCam VX-2000 -- an easy-to-use webcam with a built-in microphone and vivid VGA video. This new webcam makes setup a cinch; consumers can easily connect with friends and family, using their broadband Internet connection, just minutes after opening...

2009-05-05 06:47:01

Research in Motion, the Ontario-based firm that created the BlackBerry Storm, is already at work on a next-generation successor to its popular smartphone, according to the company's co-CEO.  "We see this very large and untapped consumer market," said Jim Balsillie in a presentation to the company's analysts and investors.  Balsillie added that more than half of RIM's 25 million subscribers fall into the "non-corporate" category, which company strategists see as a sign that there is...

2009-04-29 08:00:00

Everything Channel Partners with The NPD Group for Awards Program Research BOCA RATON, Fla., April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RetailVision, produced by Everything Channel, today announced the winners of the Best Selling Retail/E-tail Products Awards, which took place at RetailVision Spring 2009, April 27-30 at the Boca Raton Resort. Everything Channel partnered with The NPD Group, the leading global provider of consumer and retail market research information, for the award program...

2009-04-28 07:00:00

RetailVision/The NPD Group Honors Targus in Its Best Sellers Product of the Year Awards As a Top-Selling Vendor ANAHEIM, Calif., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Targus(R) Inc., maker of the world's top-selling notebook computer cases and accessories, announced today it is a two-time recipient of a RetailVision/The NPD Group Best Sellers Product of the Year Award. Targus was recognized as a top seller in retail sales in the Portable Accessories and Laptop Case categories. The awards are determined...

2009-04-17 13:20:00

Due to the recession and various other concerns, U.S. video game sales slumped more than expected in March and were flat in the first quarter when compared with a year earlier, the Associated Press reported. Market researcher NPD Group showed that March sales of hardware, software and accessories fell 17 percent to $1.43 billion when compared with the same month a year earlier. Sales were flat at $4.25 billion for the entire first quarter. Analysts were fully expecting game sales to slump,...

2009-03-20 11:30:00

The US video game industry appears to remain resilient in the face of the recession, as it reported a 10 percent increase in game sales and an 11 percent rise in hardware sales during February, according to research group NPD on Thursday. Overall, US video game sales reached $1.47 billion last month. Game software sales rose to $733.5 million and hardware sales jumped $532.7 million, NPD said. Nintendo Co.'s Wii console led the pack with 753,000 units sold. Its Wii Fit exercise video game...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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