Video game sales increased 9 percent in January compared to the same time in 2012, in what looks to be the first optimistic sign for an industry that has faced declining sales for more than a year. But not so fast.
Though the NPD Group on Friday reported that total spending on new gaming hardware, software and accessories topped $834.7 million last month, up from $765.6 million a year earlier, there’s one major caveat to the numbers. January corresponded with the National Retail Federation’s leap week, meaning an additional week was tacked onto Jan. 2013’s sales figures while Jan. 2012 had the usual four weeks. This adjustment occurs every five to six years, and was last made in Jan. 2007, the NPD Group explained.