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The demand for Xbox 360 bolstered overall sales of hardware 12 percent last month, helping offset the 8 percent decline in software revenue. Photographer: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg

Microsoft’s Xbox Outsells Nintendo’s Wii, Sony’s PlayStation

Sales of the Xbox 360 more than doubled to 443,500 units. Photographer: JB Reed/Bloomberg

Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 outsold Nintendo Co.’s Wii last month, becoming the top selling video- game console in the U.S. for the first time in almost three years, after introducing a model equipped with wireless-Internet.

Sales of the Xbox 360 more than doubled to 443,500 units, regaining the top spot for the first time since September 2007, Port Washington, New York-based researcher NPD Group Inc. said in a statement yesterday. Consumers bought 253,900 Wii players, little changed from a year ago, while sales of Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3 gained 76 percent to 214,500 units.

“Xbox 360 was the top-selling hardware platform for the month, driven by sales of the new slim format,” Anita Frazier, an NPD analyst, said in the statement. The console last occupied the top sales spot when Microsoft released its “Halo 3” exclusive title almost three years ago, Frazier said.

The demand for Xbox 360 bolstered overall sales of hardware 12 percent last month, helping offset the 8 percent decline in software revenue, the report said.

Sony and Microsoft hope to increase sales by introducing motion controllers later this year, while Nintendo will upgrade its handheld-player lineup with a model allowing users to see 3- D images without wearing special glasses.

‘NCAA Football 11’

Nintendo slipped 0.3 percent to 22,320 yen as of the midday break in Osaka trading, compared with Sony’s 0.6 percent decline to 2,549 yen on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average retreated 0.3 percent. Microsoft closed 1.5 percent lower in New York yesterday.

Sales of Nintendo’s DS portable player fell 26 percent to 398,400 last month, NPD said. Sony’s PlayStation Portable handheld sold 84,000 units, a 32 percent plunge from a year earlier, it said.

The best-selling game in July was “NCAA Football 11” from Electronic Arts Inc., which sold 368,000 copies for the Xbox and 298,800 copies for PS3, NPD said. PC game sales more than doubled as retail purchases of “StarCraft II” from Activision Blizzard Inc. totaled 721,000 units.

Microsoft in June shipped a new Xbox machine that was slimmer and quieter than its predecessor and had built-in Wi-Fi. The console sells for $299.99, the same as the old model.

To contact the reporter on this story: Pavel Alpeyev in Tokyo at palpeyev@bloomberg.netRob Golum in Los Angeles at rgolum@bloomberg.net.

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Jack Frost Design 
Office Location:  San Ramon, California, United States
Type:  ISV,Training Firm,VAR,Other
Industry Focus:  Jack Frost Design is all about business and not necessarily about a specific industry. After 40+ years in business JFD has touched corporations, medium size businesses and some small business entities. No matter what industry you are in delivering a successful business initiative requires a strong command of four key business skills:•Business Operations: a solid understanding of workflow process and ROI (return on investment).•Marketing: the ability to identify and reach a target market with an effectively motivating message.•Technology: the technical skills to harness the most effective technologies for business process automation.•Branding: the ability to encapsulate all of the above factors within a unified vision that resonates with the target customer and builds loyalty.Because it only takes weakness in one of these areas to undermine what would have otherwise been a successful enterprise, Jack Frost Design has taken the unusual step of including each of these areas of expertise in a single company. It a unique approach. It has been successful for 40+ years.


SharePoint Makes it Possible. JFD Makes it HappenAt JFD we have a solid understanding and respect for SharePoint. We pioneered using the technology for public facing websites and we are skilled at configuring it to reduce the possibility of uncontrolled over deployment. We use the product the same way that most of our clients do.We also let ROI be our guide in the development of workflow automation and we never build without a financial goal and a documented blueprint or project plan. JFD has been brought in to clean up other partner's failed projects. And as a company we are most proud of our work ethic.

 

 

Avastone Technologies LLC 
Office Location:  Little Chute, Wisconsin, United States
Type:  VAR
Industry Focus:  Avastone Technologies, LLC has provided quality services to a vast array of industries, including: distribution, retail, service, government, not-for-profit, equipment sales and service, manufacturing, casinos, and job shop. We have industry-specific solutions for any industry.


Avastone Technologies, LLC is a Microsoft Gold Partner devoted to clients with the Microsoft Dynamics GP, CRM, and SharePoint solution. With offices located in the Fox Cities, Milwaukee, and Chicago-land area, Avastone services clients through the Midwest. We have been representing Microsoft Dynamics for over 20 years... longer than anyone in the state of Wisconsin.

 

 

Parker Software 
Office Location:  Orlando, Florida, United States
Type:  ISV
Industry Focus:  All


Parker Software develop innovative software aimed at companies that do business on the web. Parker Software produce two flagship products: "WhosOn", a visitor tracking and live chat solution for business web sites and "Email2DB, an email parser and business process automation solution. Our products are used by thousands of businesses, large and small, in all parts of the world.

 

 

SP Marketplace 
Office Location:  Penn Valley, , United States
Type:  ISV
Industry Focus:  Cross Industry


SP Marketplace (SharePoint Marketplace) is a provider of business software applications built on Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365. These templates include IT Help Desk, CRM, Intranet Portal and Employee Self Service applications.

 

 

Celestix 
Office Location:  Fremont, , United States
Type:  System Builder
Industry Focus:  MSP, Mid Market Commercial, SLED, Enterprise


Celestix is a leading provider of strong authentication, secure remote access and perimeter security - enabling organizations to enforce strong security controls for both user and data centric security.

 

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