November traditionally goes on record as one of the biggest months at retail for the gaming industry, but few expected the massive $2.63 billion in total income the industry generated in the US for the month, as revealed by industry tracking NPD Group yesterday. In the US, the gaming sector was up a staggering 52 percent for the month and outperforming last year's total accrual, even without factoring in December, which is typically the single most lucrative month for the industry.
The US tally not withstanding, the Great White North posted impressive gains in its own right for the month of November, according to NPD. For the month that was, Canadian consumers dumped C$209.1 million ($205.6 million) into software, hardware, and accessories, an increase of nearly 42 percent for the same month in 2006. The month's revenue pushes Canada's year-to-date total past the C$1 billion milestone to C$1.3 billion ($1.1 billion), with sales up nearly 65 percent compared to the same period of time last year.