Video game sales elude April showers, grow 20%

By on May 13, 2011 at 7:31 AM.

Video game sales elude April showers, grow 20%

Consumer electronics tracker NPD Group on Thursday released its tallies for the U.S. gaming industry, revealing continued console sales growth and rebounding software sales. Last month, sales of video game software dipped to $735.4 million from $875.3 million in March 2010. While sales shrank sequentially, as they do in April in many industries, gaming software jumped 26% from $398.5 million in April 2010 to $503.2 million last month. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 was the best-selling console in April, having climbed 60% year-over-year to 297,000 units. Sales of Sony’s PlayStation 3 grew 13% to 204,000 units and Nintendo sold 174,000 Wii consoles, a 37% decline compared to April 2010. Mortal Kombat 2011 was the best-selling software title in April, having sold over 1 million units including standard games and special editions. Portal 2, Lego Star Wars III, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters rounded out the top five titles. More →

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Apple’s iPad isn’t hurting PC sales, NPD finds

By on May 12, 2011 at 6:00 AM.

Apple’s iPad isn’t hurting PC sales, NPD finds

Market research firm NPD Group this week revealed the findings of its recent report entitled, Apple iPad Owner Study II. Among the interesting findings contained within NPD’s research is the revelation that the iPad isn’t responsible for the current decline in the traditional consumer PC market — at least, not according to NPD and its respondents. Research firm IDC estimates that the PC market dipped by over 10% in the U.S. last quarter, and 3.2% globally. In reporting its estimates, IDC said that these declines were due to factors other than the rising popularity of the iPad and other “media tablets.” NPD Group’s new report jibes with that sentiment, as the firm claims that only 14% of early iPad adopters decided against purchasing a traditional PC as a result of their tablet purchases. “The explosion of computer sales when Windows 7 launched, as well as the huge increase in netbook sales at that time, are much more to blame for weak consumer PC sales growth than the iPad,” said Stephen Baker, VP of industry analysis at NPD, in a statement. “Overall it appears that the vast majority of iPad purchases to-date have been incremental to the consumer technology industry.” Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Supersized smartphone popularity surges in 2010, NPD Group claims

By on March 21, 2011 at 1:01 PM.

Supersized smartphone popularity surges in 2010, NPD Group claims

Market research firm The NPD Group on Monday published the latest data surrounding sales of supersized smartphones in the U.S. Using its “Mobile Phone Track,” which tracks smartphone sales in the U.S., NPD has determined that smartphones with screens sized 4 inches and above became tremendously popular in 2010. Devices like Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G and  Verizon Wireless’ Motorola DROID X, which launched in the second quarter of 2010, grew to encompass 24% of the U.S. smartphone market by the fourth quarter last year. The EVO 4G was the most popular supersized smartphone in 2010, followed by the DROID X. Samsung’s Fascinate, Captive and Vibrant rounded out the top-5 in that order, according to NPD Group. The firm’s report also notes that fourth-quarter sales of smartphones with screens between 3.5 and 3.9 inches grew just 2% compared to the same quarter in 2009, and sales of smartphones with screens sized 3.4 inches and below dropped 63% over the same period. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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Apple owns just 4% of video streaming market; Netflix dominates with 61%

By on March 15, 2011 at 11:41 AM.

Apple owns just 4% of video streaming market; Netflix dominates with 61%

The NPD Group on Tuesday released market share data for digital video streaming in the U.S. Not surprisingly, Netflix continues to dominate the market with its Watch Instantly service. 61% of digital movies streamed in the U.S. are served by Netflix, and its closest competitor is Comcast, which sits at a distant second with 8%. Interestingly, Apple sits in a three-way tie for the No. 3 spot with just 4% of the market. Apple’s refreshed Apple TV was deemed by many to be a success last year, with sales having surpassed 1 million units this past December. Even when combined with iTunes movies streamed to computers, however, the Apple TV still hasn’t helped Apple make a dent in the digital video market. With new players like Amazon and Redbox entering the space and Netflix still going strong, Apple may have to be a bit more innovative if it hopes to make a dent in the market. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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NPD: Apple computer sales up 20% in January, iPod sales down 10%

By on February 22, 2011 at 7:26 PM.

NPD: Apple computer sales up 20% in January, iPod sales down 10%

Apple watcher Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray on Tuesday revealed NPD Group data showing estimated Apple computer shipments in the U.S. for the first month of the company’s 2011 fiscal year. According to NPD Group’s numbers, Mac sales were up 20% year-over-year in January and shipments are on pace to reach 3.6 million units in the quarter. Wall Street is expecting global Mac sales to grow 22% year-over-year, and Munster believes Apple will meet expectations. Conversely, NPD shows that U.S. iPod sales declined 10% in January compared to the same month last year. Apple is expected to unveil a refreshed MacBook Pro line very soon, and strong demand for its popular MacBook Air laptop line should result in strong sales for the remainder of the quarter. More →

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NPD: Video game sales slide 5% in January, hardware down 8%

By on February 18, 2011 at 9:24 PM.

NPD: Video game sales slide 5% in January, hardware down 8%

Industry watcher NPD Group says sales of video game software in the U.S. declined by 5% year-over-year in January 2011, totaling $576 million. Console sales were down 8% to $324 million. On the back of continued strong sales of the Microsoft Kinect and PlayStation Move motion-based controllers, sales of video games accessories increased 6% year-over-year to $235 million. The only console to see growth in January was Microsoft’s Xbox 360, which sold 381,000 units — a 14.1% increase year-over-year. NPD ranked January’s software title sales as follows:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard) – Xbox 360, PS3, Wi, DS, PC
  2. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft) – Wii
  3. Dead Space 2 (Electronic Arts) – Xbox 360, PS3, PC
  4. Little Big Planet 2 (Sony) – PS3
  5. Zumba Fitness: Join the Party (Majesco) – Wii, Xbox 360, PS3
  6. NBA 2K11 (Take-Two Interactive) – Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Wii, PS2, PC
  7. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft) – Xbox 360, PS3
  8. Dance Central (MTV Games) – Xbox 360
  9. Michael Jackson The Experience (Ubisoft) – Wii, DS, PSP
  10. DC Universe Online: The Next Legend Is You (Sony) – PS3, PC

Overall, the U.S. gaming industry took in $1.14 billion excluding PC sales — a 4% slide versus the same month in 2010.

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NPD Group: Apple to sell over 4 million Macs in fourth quarter

By on December 14, 2010 at 5:27 PM.

NPD Group: Apple to sell over 4 million Macs in fourth quarter

According to new projections issued by market research firm NPD Group, Apple is poised to break its previous quarterly sales record. For the first time, Apple’s Mac unit sales are set to surpass the 4 million mark, with fourth quarter totals expected to fall in the range of 4.1 to 4.3 million. Apple’s new MacBook Air will apparently play a big role in Apple’s record-breaking quarter, and early demand for the sleek laptop makes solid sales a foregone conclusion. NPD’s numbers, if met, will represent remarkable year-over-year growth of approximately 22% to 28%. Apple is also expected to sell between 18.5 million and 19.5 million iPods during the December quarter. More →

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Video game industry takes 4% hit in October; Xbox outsells Wii and PS3 for fifth straight month

By on November 17, 2010 at 7:50 PM.

Video game industry takes 4% hit in October; Xbox outsells Wii and PS3 for fifth straight month

Ahead of the 2010 holiday season, NPD Group reports that the U.S. gaming industry took a hit in October. While software sales were up 6% and accessory sales were up 18% in the month, console sales tumbled 26% to $280 million. Overall, gaming industry sales were down 4% in October. Despite the industry’s overall hit, however, Microsoft is sitting pretty as its console sales beat Nintendo and Sony for the fifth straight month. In fact, the Xbox 360 was the only console with year-over-year growth in October. Add to that over 1 million Kinect units sold and over 4 million more Kinects expected to move before the end of the year, and you’ve got one happy gaming team over at HQ in Redmond. Hit the jump for NPD’s top-10 game titles by sales volume in the month of October. More →

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Video game sales plummet in April

By on May 16, 2010 at 1:41 PM.

Video game sales plummet in April

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April saw the video game industry suffer through its worst month in nearly 10 years, as both hardware and software sales tumbled for a combined total of 26%. Consoles saw the biggest decrease with a 36% drop to $398.5 million, while software titles and accessories fell 22% and 9% to $249.3 and $118.4 million respectively. According to NPD research analyst Anita Frazier, some of the decline has to do with Easter falling in early April. If it were to have fallen in the middle of the month as it did last year, Frazier believes the month would have seen an additional $55 million in sales. So what system suffered the most last month? That unfortunate title belongs to the Nintendo Wii which sold 50% less units than it did in March. On the bright side, it did manage to hold on to its title as the top-selling non-portable console with 277,200 units sold. Coming in second was Xbox 360 with 185,400 units sold, followed closely by the PS3 at 180,800. As for portables, sales of the Nintendo DS — fast approaching the Playstation 2 as being the best-selling console in history — were down 37% to 440,800 while the PSP essentially lost its will to exist selling only 65,500 for a drop of 44%. As for the top selling games… well, you’re just going to have to hit up the jump to find out. You wouldn’t want the home page of BGR to start looking cluttered, would you? More →

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