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Japanese market down 10.5 percent this year


According to Famitsu figures, the Japanese market shrank by 10.5 percent in the first half of the fiscal year.

Hardware sales are down 15.1 percent, with software down 7.5 percent.


First Half Fiscal 2009: 1,698,818 units
Life-to-date: 27,851,784 units

First Half Fiscal 2009: 813,604 units
Life-to-date: 12,618,193 units

First Half Fiscal 2009: 594,398 units
Life-to-date: 8,547,552 units

First Half Fiscal 2009: 581,676 units
Life-to-date: 3,591,071 units

First Half Fiscal 2009: 137,059 units
Life-to-date: 1,138,250 units

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