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US PlayStation 3 sales climb 300 per cent

SCEA has revealed that sales of PS3 hardware have leapt by 298 per cent since November 2 following the availability of the 40GB and 80GB SKUs

Sony Computer Entertainment America has revealed that sales of PlayStation 3 hardware have leapt by 298 per cent since November 2.

The climb is attributed to the availability of both 40GB and 80GB units at US retail.

Figures for the Thanksgiving period — dubbed Black Friday — were up 245 per cent when compared to the previous year.

According to SCEA figures, for the week ended November 24, sales of the PSP handheld in the region jumped 136 per cent compared to the previous week, and PS2 sales were also up 287 per cent.

Ahead of the busy Christmas season, Sony is also enjoying positive sales in other key regions.

Last week, the PlayStation 3 outsold the Nintendo Wii in Japan, and yesterday it was announced that the recently released PSP Slim & Lite has sold over one million units in the region.

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