July was not a good month for the video games industry in the United States, according to the latest numbers from research firm NPD Group. Video game sales fell to $443 million in July, a 19 percent decline from the same period in 2012. Hardware sales were hit particularly hard in July as well, falling 34 percent to $99 million from $150.9 million in 2012.
Total spending in the sector came to $1.2 billion, when estimates were added into the numbers. Those estimates include how much consumers spent on game rentals, used titles, mobile apps, and micro-transactions.