Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 climbed in the latest retail data from Japan.

Media Create Co. this week reported the PS3 sold 42,976 units between Dec. 10 and Dec. 16 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 36,994 units to rank second the week prior.

Sega Corp.’s Yakuza 5 ranked as the No. 4 software for the week selling 82,941 units for a total of 439,698 to date.

In the second quarter, the Playstation 3 and Playstation 2 sold 3.5 million units combined, a decline from 4.9 million one year prior.

PS3 and PS2 software sales increased in the quarter to 41.4 million from 40.2 million units one year prior.

Sony’s game business division held $1.9 billion in revenue, down from $2.2 billion and $28.8 million in operating income, down from $37.5 million year-over-year.

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