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U.S. Video-Game Sales Declined 21% in December, Led by Hardware

January 12, 2012

Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. video-game sales declined 21 percent to $3.99 billion last month, led by a drop in purchases of hardware such as consoles and handheld players.

Retail sales of hardware tumbled 28 percent, while software purchases shrank 14 percent, researcher NPD Group Inc. said today in an e-mailed statement. Accessories declined 27 percent, NPD said.

Sales for the year fell 8 percent to $17 billion, according to the Port Washington, New York-based researcher.

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