US gaming sales to reach $17.9 bln in 2008

US gaming industry sales are seen rising to $17.9 bln in 2008, up 13% from an estimated $15.8 bln in 2007, the CEA said. That compares with a 22% increase from 2006 to 2007. Video game industry hardware sales jumped 50% to $6.6 bln in 2007, but are anticipated to shrink to $6.4 bln in 2008. Software sales are expected to rise to $11.5 bln in 2008, up from $9.1 bln in 2007. That was a 7.6% increase from 2006, CEA said.