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According to NPD, shipments of tablet devices are expected to rocket from 81.6 million units in 2011 to 424.9 million units in 2017. By their calculations, tablets will out-ship PC’s by 2016.
NPD Group reports that video game sales saw a decline in January, partly due to a lack new games and an upcoming Sony device.
Declining demand for the latest video game hardware and software is responsible for an industry-wide 4 percent decrease in sales for October.
Industry tracker NPD reported Thursday that sales of video game hardware and software plunged 26 percent in April, one of the largest declines over the past decade.
U.S. retail sales of video game software, hardware and accessories saw a rise in sales in March after a rocky 2009 followed by two months of double digit declines.
After ending 2009 with an eight percent drop in video game sales, the US videogame market saw another 12 percent drop in sales in January, when compared to figures from the same month a year earlier.
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.
Online videogames increased from 19 percent of the gaming market in early 2008 to 25 percent this year, according to market research firm NPD.
After Appleâ€™s announcement earlier this month that it would offer select songs from the iTunes catalogue for 69 cents instead of the 99 cents, some are questioning whether the change will actually benefit customers.
According to research group NPD, the Xbox 360's strong performance on Black Friday was not enough to help Microsoft close the sales gap with rival Nintendo in the gaming console market.
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