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Sector Snap: Video Games

Analysts expect Thursday's video game sales report from market researcher NPD Group to show solid growth in July - a typically slow month for the sector - driven by titles like Electronic Arts Inc.'s "NCAA Football 09" and Konami's "Metal Gear Solid 4."

Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter is forecasting video game console software sales of $605 million, up 44 percent from last July. Pachter's estimate reflects a contribution of $520 million from the latest generation of gaming platforms. These include Nintendo (other-otc: NTDOY.PK - news - people )'s Wii, Sony Corp. (nyse: SNE - news - people )'s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Corp. (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people )'s Xbox 360, as well as handheld systems.

Game sales so far this year have been "extraordinary," the analyst wrote, even though comparisons with the first half of 2007 were "quite difficult."

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