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Microsoft Xbox One Sales Hit 2 Million in Race to Catch Sony

Microsoft Corp. said sales of the new Xbox One video-game console reached more than 2 million in its first 18 days on the market, as the company vies to keep pace with Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 during the holiday season.

Sony said on Dec. 3 that it had sold 2.1 million of its machines since they went on sale Nov. 15 in North America. Microsoft, which introduced Xbox One on Nov. 22 in 13 countries, is selling pretty much every console it can get into stores and has “aggressive” plans to restock, said David Dennis, a spokesman for Xbox, in an interview yesterday.