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HALO RISING

BY CSA STAFF

Video game sales got off to a roaring start this fall and they’re expected to stay hot heading into the final weeks of the holiday season.

The NPD Group reported game console sales in September increased 124% to 1.37 million units compared to 613,000 units in September of 2006. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 led the way with sales of 527,800 units for the month on the strength of the game “Halo 3,” the hit Xbox exclusive (pictured) that produced $300 million in sales in less than two weeks.

“‘Halo 3’ posted phenomenal results for just 12 days of sales in the month of September,” said NPD analyst Anita Frazier. “And, true to its name, the game rubbed off on hardware sales, too.”

The NPD Group says game sales could hit $18 billion in 2007, which would be a 33% jump from $13.5 billion in 2006.

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BJ’s reports October comps increase

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NATICK, Mass. BJ’s Wholesale Club today reported that sales for October increased by 9.2% to $663.8 million from $607.9 million in October 2006. Comparable-club sales increased by 4.8% for the month, compared with a comparable-club sales decrease for October of 0.7%, including a negative impact from sales of gasoline of 2.5%.

For the third quarter ended Nov. 3, total sales increased by 8.1% to $2.12 billion, and comparable-club sales increased by 3.4%. For the third quarter ended Oct. 28, 2006, comparable-club sales increased by 0.1%.

According to BJ’s, October sales increased in all major regions with the highest increase in Metro New York and the lowest increase in the Southeast. Food sales increased by approximately 5% for the month of October and 6% for the third quarter. General merchandise sales were approximately flat in October and increased by approximately 2% for the third quarter.

For the month of October, BJ’s reported that categories with strong comparable-club sales increases included coffee, dairy, frozen, juices, meat, milk, office supplies, produce, soda and water and televisions. Weaker categories versus last year included apparel, automotive and tools, cigarettes, prerecorded video, residential furniture and tires.

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Costco comps jump 9% in October

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ISSAQUAH, Wash. Costco reported a big 9% jump in same-store sales in October.

 Leading the way was a 17% increase in sales at its international stores with U.S. sales jumping 7%. The increase beat the 5.7% average predicted by analysts for the month.

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