GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), the world’s largest multichannel video game retailer, today reported sales results for the nine-week holiday period ended Dec. 29, 2012.
Total global sales for the period were $2.88 billion, a 4.6% decrease compared to the 2011 holiday sales period. Total comparable store sales decreased 4.4%, with U.S. comps of -3.5% and international comps of -6.4%. Based on the holiday sales results, GameStop is narrowing its comparable store sales range for the fourth quarter to -7.0% to -4.0% and the full year to -9.0% to -7.5%.
“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.”
For the holiday period, new hardware sales decreased 2.7%, including the sale of 320,000 Nintendo Wii U units worldwide. Sales of new video game software decreased 5.1% as frontline title releases could not offset a decline in overall store traffic. The pre-owned category declined 15.6% as limited inventory due to fewer new titles released throughout 2012 and less promotional activity negatively impacted sales compared to last year.
Digital receipts increased more than 40.0%, while sales in the mobile business were $76.5 million during the holiday period and have exceeded $160 million year-to-date. Additionally, global e-commerce sales improved 20.5% compared to the 2011 holiday period.
Share Repurchase Update
During the holiday period, GameStop repurchased 458,000 shares of common stock at an average price of $25.51, or $11.7 million worth of stock. As of the end of the holiday period, the company has approximately $488.3 million remaining of its current share repurchase authorization.