New high score for Game profits

Game Group announced record sales and profit figures today after new products such as Nintendo’s Wii Fit helped to broaden the appeal of gaming.

The England-based firm, which has several outlets in Ireland, said an “unprecedented” range of products attracted new customers from all generations.

It reported a 32% rise in turnover to £1.97bn (€2.22bn), while profits were up almost 75% at £119.6m (€135.3m) in the 53 weeks to January 31.

It said trading was ahead of expectations in the new financial year, although a strong release schedule last year meant like-for-like sales were down 6.3% in the 11 weeks.

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