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U.S. Video-Game Sales Rose 3% to $1.36 Billion, NPD Says

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March 10 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. video-game sales increased 3 percent in February to $1.36 billion, researcher NPD Group Inc. reported.

Hardware sales gained 10 percent, while software revenue shrank 5 percent, the Port Washington, New York-based company said today in an e-mailed statement. Game accessory sales jumped 22 percent, led by Microsoft Corp.’s Kinect motion-sensing controller for the Xbox 360.

Microsoft led the home-console category, selling 535,000 of its Xbox 360 units, the Redmond, Washington-based company said, citing NPD data.

Nintendo Co. sold 454,000 Wii consoles during the month, marking the first time the Osaka-based company exceeded 35 million in unit sales in the U.S., it said separately.

Sony Corp. did not immediately reveal its U.S. sales figures for its PlayStation 3 console. The Tokyo-based company is “having its best year ever,” Jack Tretton, president of Sony Computer Entertainment America, said today in an interview on Bloomberg Television.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rob Golum at rgolum@bloomberg.net

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