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

Media Create Co. this week reported the PS3 sold 47,626 units between Dec. 17 and Dec. 23 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 42,976 units to rank second the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10, Koei Tecmo Corp.’s Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 ranked at No. 5 selling 116,431 units at launch.

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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