Retail Solutions Briefs: Amazon, Games sales, Logitech

Retail Solutions Briefs: Amazon, Games sales, Logitech

Amazon to sell PCs will start selling PCs in September via its online electronics store.

Amazon won't be making its own PCs, but with no store overheads it could undercut high-street stores as well as provide stiff competition for PC manufacturers.

But Gateway, for example, doesn't agree. "Competition is always a good thing," says the PC maker's head of marketing, Mike Maloney. "Anything Amazon does won't radically shake up the market," he added.

Games rise and rise

Interactive games sales are once again on the increase, up 19 per cent in April over the previous month's figures, according to Inform.

Spread evenly between the PC and console, growth for the month was buoyed by four main distributors - Activision, JOAG (now Take 2 Interactive Software), EA and Tech Pacific. Each company reported a sales increase of more than 40 per cent over March.

Sales also increased across all major console formats. PC and Mac games made up 43 per cent of the market, followed by PlayStation with 29 per cent, Game Boy with 14 per cent, N64 with 8 per cent and PS2 with 5 per cent.

New Logitech TrackMan

Logitech has released its new TrackMan Wheel with optical sensing. The new model uses a thumb-operated red marble to move the cursor and features three customisable buttons. The product includes Logitech's proprietary WebWheel software and works on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, and Macintosh OS 8.6 or higher. It is available now for an expected retail price of $109. To date, the company has sold more than four million trackballs.

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