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

Media Create Co. this week reported the PS3 sold 16,277 units between Aug. 13 and Aug. 19 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 14,580 units to rank third the week prior.

The PS3 ranked one title in the top 15, Atlus Inc.’s Persona 4: Arena at No. 12, which sold 10,603 units in third-week figures.

Sony in July said the company’s game division, which includes the Playstation business, incurred a $45 million loss on revenue of $1.5 billion in the first quarter amid declining sales of consoles and handhelds.

By comparison, the division held a $52.3 million profit in the same quarter one year ago.

The Playstation 3 and Playstation 2 sold a combined 2.8 million units in the quarter, down from 3.2 million from one year prior.

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