Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 held as the second best-selling hardware in the latest Japan retail activity.

Media Create Co. this week reported the PS3 sold 23,478 units between Apr. 30 and May 6 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 21,114 units to rank third the week prior.

Capcom Co.’s Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City PS3 SKU held in the top three software sales for the week selling 52,428 units to rank at No. 2.

Sony Corp. this week recorded a $2.8 billion loss in the Playstation division due to declining sales of console and handheld products.

For the fiscal year ending Mar. 31, 2012, the PS3 sold 13.9 million units, down from 14.3 million in 2011. It sold 1.9 million units in the quarter.

PS3 software sales increased 8.7 million units in the year to 156.6 million units.

It expects console sales to fall to 16 million units next fiscal year.

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