Electronics Boutique

(ELBO)

, a video game hardware and software retailer, said sales totaled $266.1 million for the nine-week holiday shopping season ended Dec. 30, but same-store sales for the period fell 6.6%.

While total sales rose 1.7% from a year ago, and hardware sales increased 51.8%, thanks to sales of the PlayStation 2 game console, sales of Pokemon trading cards fell 88.1%. Toys, primarily things related to the Pokemon craze, were down 31.6%. Software sales for the original PlayStation fell 30.8%.

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Electronics Boutique, which is based in West Chester, Pa., expects fiscal 2002 "to be a positive year" as the new generation console systems begin to dominate the market, but added that "the first half of the year could be difficult."

Shares of Electronics Boutique fell 94 cents, or 5.4%, to $16.38 in recent

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trading.