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Retail Solutions Briefs: Canon, Sony PS2, Ezishop.net, Activision

Retail Solutions Briefs: Canon, Sony PS2, Ezishop.net, Activision

Canon plays Santa

In a bid to cash in on the Christmas dollar, Canon has announced it has dropped the price of three of its scanners and two printers.

The home and business products will now retail for under $200.

The vendor has reduced its two leading 600 x 1200dpi scanners, the CanoScan N650U and CanoScan N640P, which will decrease $40 to $189 and $149 respectively. Similarly, the CanoScan N340P will retail for $119.

In its inkjet range, the BJC-2100SP is now priced at $159, while the entry-level BJC-1000SP drops to $119.

Consumers queue for PS2

Sony's PlayStation 2 launch in the US has left retail shelves bare as consumers rush to grab the anticipated, but scarce, games consoles.

While most retailers sold out of the $US300 console within minutes, auction sites like eBay still have them, but at a premium. One auction had reached $1525 with two hours left to bid.

Sony originally planned to release one million consoles on the US market. However, components shortages forced the vendor to revise this figure to 500,000 units.

Consumers have been camping outside stores to be one of the first to own a PlayStation 2.

According to Sony, the company plans to ship 100,000 units per week to retailers during the holiday period. By two months after the launch, some 1.3 million units will have entered the North American market.e-tailer up for grabsDefunct online retailer Ezishop.net is up for sale.

Voluntary administrators appointed on behalf of the shopping portal are putting it and its 28,000 customers on the market, calling for expressions of interest in the company.

Chartered accountant and business adviser Sims Lockwood was appointed voluntary administrator of the e-tailer on October 6. The Web site has been temporarily shut down pending the sale.

Strong sales for Activision

Games publisher and distributor Activision's net revenues for the second fiscal quarter increased to $US144.4 million from $115.4 million for the second quarter of the last financial year. Operating income rose 170 per cent to $9.5 million, while net income grew to $4.3 million, or 17 cents diluted per share.

The results were driven by launches of titles such as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, Spider-Man and X-Men Mutant Academy on PC and PlayStation platforms.

Activision is the fastest growing console software publisher in the US, co-chairman and CEO Robert Kotick said in a statement.


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