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Switch Sales In Japan Plummeted By 40% In September, A Record Low / U.S. Job Market Continues To Recover

 

Switch Sales In Japan Plummeted By 40% In September, A Record Low

The new Switch game console of Nintendo "Nintendo Switch (OLED version)" will go on sale today (October 8), and the Switch series models (normal version Switch + small low-cost version Switch Lite) have sold out in Japan in the previous month (September). Reduced by 40%, setting a record low in history when Switch Lite went on sale in September 2019. Famitsu, a Japanese game general intelligence media, released statistics yesterday and pointed out that during September 2021 (4 weeks from August 30 to September 26, 2021) Nintendo Switch series models sold 214,421 units in Japan. The previous month (August 2021, 361,151 units) plunged 40% (40.6%). Although it dominated the Japanese game console market for the 43rd consecutive month, the monthly sales volume of Switch Lite hit a record low in September 2019. Compared with the same month last year (September 2020, 342,102 units), it also dropped significantly. Nearly 40%. Famitsu said that as of September, the cumulative sales of the Switch series in the Japanese market officially exceeded 21 million units. In addition, Sony PS5 series models (standard version with optical disc drive + digital version without optical disc drive) sold 76,615 units in Japan in September, a decrease of 2% from the previous month (August 2021, 78,019 units) . Famitsu pointed out that as of September, the cumulative sales of PS5 series models in Japan have exceeded 1 million units.


U.S. Job Market Continues To Recover

The number of new jobless claims in the United States dropped to 326,000 last week, an increase of 38,000 from the previous value. The market originally expected 348,000. During the period, the number of people who continued to claim unemployment benefits decreased by 97,000 to 2.714 million. The market originally expected 2.78 million. The number of new unemployment claims in the United States has dropped, reflecting the continued recovery of the labor market. However, the number of layoffs in September has not decreased but increased. Part of the reason is that some hospitals fire employees who have not been vaccinated.

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