Electronic Arts ( ERTS) widened its loss for its second fiscal quarter on slowing retail sales.

The video game company reported a loss of $310 million, or 97 cents a share, in the quarter compared to a loss of $195 million, or 62 cents a share, a year ago.

Excluding charges, EA lost $20 million, or 6 cents a share, compared with net income of $87 million, or 27 cents a share, a year ago.

Revenue rose 20% to $1.126 billion from $936 million a year ago.

Analysts were expecting a loss of 6 cents a share on revenue of $1.08 billion.

Sales were driven by the launches of Madden NFL 09, SPORE, Mercenaries 2: World In Flames and NCAA Football 09. EA also noted the continued strength of its game Rock Band, which was launched in partnership with Harmonix and Viacom ( VIA)'s MTV Networks.

The Madden NFL 09 game sold 4.5 million copies and SPORE sold nearly 2 million copies in its first three weeks.

Including all charges, EA reported revenue of $894 million, up from $640 million the year before. During the quarter, EA noted a net benefit of $232 million related to the recognition of deferred revenue for some online enabled games.

Shares of EA were down $3.93, or 14.17%, to $23.80 in recent extended trading.

EA, which recently abandoned its attempts to acquire rival Take-Two Interactive ( TTWO), also announced plans to reducing the company's workforce by 6% and aims to achieve annual pre-tax savings of around $50 million.

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