April 17, 2008 / 10:46 PM / 11 years ago

Microsoft says Xbox sales beat Sony PS3 in March

Fan Darnell Jefferson plays a copy of the Xbox 360 video game "Halo 3" prior to it going on sale in New York September 24, 2007. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it sold 262,000 Xbox 360 game consoles in the United States in March, regaining its lead over Sony Corp’s PlayStation 3 as supply constraints eased.

“We said as our supply issue lifted that we’d be back in the game,” said Microsoft spokesman David Dennis. “For the most part we’re in good supply throughout the retail channel. There are still pockets of shortage, but for most part you can go into a store and find an Xbox 360.”

Microsoft cited data from market research firm NPD, which is due to release fuller monthly video game sales figures later Thursday.

Reporting by Scott Hillis; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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