Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 increased in the latest Japan retail activity amid release of Capcom Co.’s Resident Evil 6.

Media Create Co. this week reported the PS3 sold 42,218 units between Oct. 1 and Oct. 7 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 8,935 units to rank third the week prior.

The PS3 ranked three titles in the top 10 including Capcom Co.’s Resident Evil 6 at No. 1, which sold 634,933 units for the week.

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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