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ELSPA: UK Market Hardware Numbers - Smashing Records

Video and computer games are more popular than ever according to the latest industry figures from ELSPA (Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association) and Charttack, the company that tracks games sales in the UK.

The first half of 2007 has been an unprecedented one for the games software market, with a growth standing at a whopping 19 per cent above units sold in the same period in the previous year, making the total games units sold over 26.01 million.

Hardware sales for early 2007 together have seen an staggering increase of 51% on units sold on last year's half-year figures, notching up revenues of £405 million, an 87% increase on the previous year. The total increase on software, hardware and accessories enjoyed a 42% increase on revenue topping out at an astounding £1,022 million.

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UK MARKET ( Weeks 1 - 26 2006 vs. Weeks 1 - 26 2007 )

Total UK Market Units (m)

Total Excl. Non Games 2006 2007 Change %

Total Games Software 21.87 26.01 +19

Gameboy Advance 1.00 0.52 -48
Microsoft XBox 1.73 0.43 -75
Microsoft XBox 360 1.36 3.14 +131
Nintendo DS 1.37 4.04 +196
Nintendo Gamecube 0.20 0.04 -80
Nintendo Wii 1.57
Playstation 2 8.44 6.49 -23
Playstation 3 0.93
Sony PSP 2.12 2.27 +7
PC Games Software 5.51 6.55 +19

Total Console Hardware 1.47 2.22 +51
Nintendo 34% 53%
Sony 44% 34%
Microsoft 22% 12%

Total Console Hand-Held 0.86 0.93 +8
Nintendo 58% 72%
Sony 42% 28%

Total Console Static 0.61 1.29 +113
Nintendo 1% 40%
Sony 46% 39%
Microsoft 52% 21%

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