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UK Games Retailers Record Disappointing Low in 2015 as Software Sales Stoop 6 Percent

January 5, 2016Written by Michael Briers

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Official figures published by analyst GfK Chart-Track have confirmed UK game retailers such as HMV and GAME recorded a disappointing sales slump in 2015, with software sales falling 6 percent over 2014. 

News of high street retailers experiencing a sales decline should come as no surprise, with GAME recently pointing to “challenging trading conditions” as the reason behind its own pre-Christmas stoop. 

Overall, though, MCV UK notes that an uptake in PS4 and Xbox One wasn’t enough to negate the sharp decline of PS3 and Xbox 360 sales, while Wii U software sales witnessed a small increase over the same period. Meanwhile, the high margin in pricing for current-gen titles means that the total annual revenue for 2015 stands at £928m, 2.2 percent shy of 2014’s record. 

What do you make of these standings? Bear in mind that Chart-Track doesn’t factor in digital sales into its report.

[Sources: GfK, MCV UK]