Microsoft Says U.S. Stores Sold 261,000 Xbox Players in March

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said U.S. retailers sold 261,000 Xbox 360 game consoles last month, holding its spot as the No. 1 selling model in March.

Spending on Xbox 360 hardware, software and accessories totaled $402 million last month, Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft said today in an e-mailed statement, citing data from researcher NPD group Inc.

NPD, based in Port Washington, New York, is scheduled to report video-game sales for the month and year to date later today.

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