Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 hardware increased in the latest Japan retail activity.

Media Create Co. this week reported the PS3 sold 16,399 units between June 25 and July 1 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 13,785 units to rank third the week prior.

The PS3 ranked four titles in top 10 software sales for the week, including Atelier Ayesha at No. 2, Robotics Notes at No. 3, Resident Evil Chronicles HD Selection at No. 6, and .hack: Sekai no Mukou + Versus – Hybrid Pack at No. 10.

Sony in May 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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