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Video game sales up 37% in May

SAN JOSE, Calif. — U.S. retail sales of video games, consoles and game accessories hit $1.12 billion in May, a 37 percent rise over the same month last year, driven by the chart-topping Grand Theft Auto video game, market researcher NPD Group reported Thursday.

Nintendo Co.’s Wii console is still the top-selling hardware unit, with 675,100 units sold in May. Nintendo’s DS handheld player took second with 452,600 units sold. Those units have captured the top two spot’s for four consecutive months.

Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 trailed with 208,700 and 186,600 units sold, respectively.

Sales year-to-date come to $6.6 billion and the industry is on pace to bring in revenue between $21 billion and $23 billion for 2008.

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