GameStop has issued a press release reporting their holiday sales results in 2012. While the company has seen a 4.6% decrease in profits compared to 2011, the Wii U launch was highlighted as a strong point for the retailer:
“GameStop experienced mixed results during the holiday selling period. Our successful Wii U launch, strong digital growth and continued momentum in the mobile space were countered by a decline in store traffic,” said Paul Raines, chief executive officer. “As a result, GameStop expects its fourth quarter 2012 earnings per share results to be at the low end of its current guidance range. Our strong market share positions us well for the future, and we look forward to new product launches in 2013.”
The Wii U sold 320,000 units worldwide at GameStop locations. The news comes in the midst of reports of Wii U’s ready availibilty, including both Deluxe and Basic models. While GameStop isn’t an indication for every retailer, the news does bode well for Nintendo’s new console.