Page last updated at 10:16 GMT, Friday, 16 May 2008 11:16 UK

US video game sales lifted by GTA

Advert for GTA IV
The gaming industry has so far been immune to the US economic slowdown

US sales of video game consoles and software were up 47% in April from a year before, fuelled by the release of Grand Theft Auto (GTA) IV.

Strong demand for Nintendo's Wii also helped the total amount spent on consoles, games and accessories reach $1.2bn, research firm NPD said.

But analysts were surprised to see that every console system bar the Wii saw hardware sales decline from March.

Analysts said the early Easter could have been partly to blame.

Temporary blip?

The Wii sold 714,000 units in April helping to lift hardware sales 26% to $426.2m.

But Microsoft's Xbox 360 and the Sony PlayStation 3 both saw lower sales in April compared with March.

NPD analyst Anita Frazier said she was "surprised" at this decline considering that GTA IV is designed for these two consoles.

Figures from the NPD showed that GTA IV sold nearly 2.9 million copies in the US in its first five days.

But Ms Frazier observed that since the game was only in the market for five days during the reporting period, the sales lift could take place in May.

After GTA IV, other top selling games included Nintendo's Mario Kart Wii and Sony's Gran Turismo 5: Prologue.

These helped software sales jump 68% to $654.7m.


SEE ALSO
GTA makes record first week sales
07 May 08 |  Technology
Festive PS3 sales in US pass 1m
07 Jan 08 |  Business
'No plans' for Xbox 360 Blu-ray
07 Apr 08 |  Technology
How the PS3 led Blu-ray's triumph
19 Feb 08 |  Business
Microsoft cuts Europe Xbox price
10 Mar 08 |  Technology

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific