According to this Wall Street Journal report, a UK economy beset by falling house prices and rises fuel costs has found an unlikely prop in GTA IV. From the piece:
Blockbuster sales of the latest version of Grand Theft Auto ensured that retail sales fell only 0.2% in April, the U.K.'s Office for National Statistics said last week, less than the 0.5% monthly decline anticipated by economists. Retail sales rose 4.2% from a year earlier, down from a 4.7% pace in March.
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