Sales for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked second in Japan in the latest retail figures for the region.

Media Create Co. this week reported the PS3 sold 18,322 units between Jan. 21 and Jan. 27 to rank No. 2 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, the hardware 19,697 units the week prior.

Square Enix Holdings Co. Ltd.’s Hitman: Absolution ranked at No. 8 selling 22,233 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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