U.S. Video-Game Sales Rose 2% to $1.1 Billion Last Month

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U.S. retail sales of video-game players and software rose 2 percent from a year earlier to $1.1 billion in September, led by continued strong purchases of consoles from Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp.

Spending on game hardware, including consoles, more than doubled to $432.7 million, researcher NPD Group Inc. said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

A new generation of video-game machines, introduced late last year, has led to a rebound in consumer spending after two years of industry decline. Spending on consoles more than tripled last month, NPD said.

Software sales shrank 36 percent to $481.2 million from a year earlier, when spending surged with the introduction of a new version of Grand Theft Auto by Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., NPD said.

Sony rose 2.8 percent to 1,840 yen as of 9:09 a.m. in Tokyo trading, while Japan’s benchmark Topix index gained 0.2 percent. Nintendo Co. climbed 1.1 percent.

The top-selling title last month was Destiny, from Activision Blizzard Inc., followed by Madden NFL 15 and FIFA 15, both from Electronic Arts Inc.