August Video Game Sales Down 18% Over Last Year

A story on Yahoo Finance has more on NPD Groups recent report on August video game sales in the U.S. They dig into the dollar amounts behind the game charts to note that $666 million in video game sales in August 2019 is an 18% drop year-over-year compared with August 2018. Noting that part of this is likely due to the impending end of the current console cycle, they outline noticeable drops in both hardware and game sales:
The NPD Group has released its monthly report analyzing sales data of video game hardware, software, and accessories, and the results show that the industry is in a bit of a slump. August hardware sales dropped 22% when compared to the same month in 2018, while games themselves (physical and digital) saw a 24% stumble. Accessories, on the other hand, remained fairly steady, with only a 6% decline, thanks in part to a steering wheel renaissance; led by the Logitech G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel, the driving game accessories saw a 60% jump in dollar sales.