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UK games retail hits new low in July

Boxed game sales tumble ahead of the release of next-gen consoles

UK games retail recorded its worst month on record in July, according to GfK Chart-Track data published on MCV.

With consumers awaiting the release of next-gen consoles and making the most of the hot weather, just over one million boxed games were sold in July, down 40.4 per cent on June's total and 33.3 per cent on July 2012's.

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In a quiet month for releases, the only new titles to make the list of July's top 50 selling games were Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros., Pikmin 3 and Dynasty Warriors 8.

The market is expected to pick up later this month when Saints Row 4, Splinter Cell Blacklist, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and Disney Infinity release on August 23.

MCV also reports that The Last of Us has become the UK's second best-selling game of the year.

Chart-Track said today that Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition retained the top spot on the UK all formats all prices chart for the week ended August 10. The week's only new entry was Namco Bandai RPG Tales of Xillia at No.4.

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