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2009-03-12 15:00:00

The Leading Event for the Retail Channel Teams with a Leader in Market Research to Deliver an Industry Defining Awards Program FRAMINGHAM, Mass., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RetailVision, produced by Everything Channel, today announced their partnership with The NPD Group, the leading global provider of consumer and retail market research information. The information and industry expertise provided by The NPD Group will be used to determine this year's winners at "The Best Selling...

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2009-03-11 10:10:00

Online videogames increased from 19 percent of the gaming market in early 2008 to 25 percent this year, according to market research firm NPD. Online gamers aged 13-17 increased from 17 percent to 22 percent, but the percent dropped slightly among gamers ages 35-54. "Online gaming is enjoyed by a diverse group of players," said Anita Frazier, industry analyst with NPD. "The sheer variety of content and ease of access makes online gaming attractive to a much larger demographic than what we...

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2009-02-27 14:25:00

While T-Mobile Sidekicks aren't the top selling mobile phone in the US, they may be the most stolen ones. According to the AP, more than 300 Sidekicks were reported stolen in Boston in 2008. Those thefts alone accounted for 14 percent of all robberies in the city. In New York City, subway robberies increased by 59 percent, with cell phone thefts accounting for much of that growth. The Sidekick isn't stolen because it's a top-selling item. It has never reached the top five selling list of...

2009-02-14 13:25:11

The U.S. economic recession has not slowed the video game industry, which higher sales last month compared with the year-ago period, the NPD Group says. The market research company, based in Port Washington, N.Y., said video game companies posted $1.33 billion in revenue in January, representing a 13 percent revenue increase compared with January 2008, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday. The net earnings of those video game companies were not reported. Even in these tough economic...

2009-02-09 05:30:00

Roxio Applications Continue to Top Category and Find Success at Wholesale Clubs and Mass Merchants NOVATO, Calif., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sonic Solutions(R) (Nasdaq: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, today announced its Roxio(R)-branded consumer applications were number one in U.S. retail in 2008. According to NPD Group figures, which track retail sell-through in North America, Roxio applications increased their market share over the previous year and lead the category...

2009-01-28 16:02:00

December Software Sales Help Set New Record WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Overall computer and video game industry hardware, software and peripheral sales climbed to $22 billion in 2008, with entertainment software sales comprising $11.7 billion of that total figure -- a 22.9% jump over the previous year -- the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced today. The industry set the new record, calculated by market-research firm NPD Group, on the strength of a December...

2009-01-28 11:18:00

December Software Sales Help Set New Record WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Overall computer and video game industry hardware, software and peripheral sales climbed to $21 billion in 2008, with entertainment software sales comprising $11.7 billion of that total figure -- a 22.9% jump over the previous year -- the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced today. The industry set the new record, calculated by market-research firm NPD Group, on the strength of a December...

2008-12-24 10:51:02

U.S. retailers, in a discount mood to make up for lethargic spending, are promising bigger discounts after the holidays. Sears Holding spokesman Tom Aiello promised great deals, telling USA Today after Christmas would be like Black Friday. There's not a lot of time for retailers to make up for what's been lost, Kathy Grannis of the National Retail Federation said. Sears will be slashing electronic prices 75 percent, while Kmart promised to reduce prices 40 percent for goods already marked...

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2008-12-12 12:20:00

Data from market researcher NPD Group shows that Americans may be cutting back on holiday shopping, but they are still buying video games - to the tune of nearly $3 billion in November. Boosted by strong sales of Nintendo's Wii, Microsoft Corp's Xbox 360 and the alien shooter game "Gears of War 2", retail sales of video game hardware, software and accessories jumped 10 percent last month from the year-ago period to $2.91 billion in the U.S. NPD analyst Anita Frazier said the availability of...

2008-09-10 12:00:00

"Entertainment Trends in America" report reveals boomers are key demographic segment for digital products and marketing; Baby boomers who stream video 15 percent more likely to buy a CD, DVD, or movie tickets Press: The NPD Group, Inc. Lee Graham, 212-333-4983 lee@leegraham.biz Logo: http://www.npd.com According to The NPD Group, a leading market research company, online activities once mainly popular with teens and young adults, are now enjoying active participation by baby...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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