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Germany becomes biggest Euro games market

Update: Germany has replaced the UK

Germany has replaced the UK as the largest European videogames market.

That's according to market research firm Media Control GfK International, which reports that UK software sales during the first six months of 2009 declined by around 20 per cent year-on-year.

On a country-by-country basis, Portugal recorded the biggest growth figures for the first six months of the year. The volume of games sold rose by 16 per cent and turnover grew by 11 per cent.

The volume of Swedish software sales was up four per cent in the first half, while Dutch game sales rose by 2.4 per cent.

The Italian and Belgian markets were "virtually unchanged," while France and Spain saw a decline in sales.

In Germany, the UK and Austria, Nintendo's Wii Fit was the bestselling game during the first half of the year.

UPDATE: We've spoken to GfK Chart-Track about Media Control GfK International's latest market data, and it appears that Germany has not overtaken the UK as the largest games market in Europe. A spokesperson told us that the data "appears to be a case of crossed wires and should be ignored."

Article supplied by Edge-Online