Today, Ubisoft released its final sales figures for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2011. Sales for the third quarter of 2011-12 came to €652 million, up 8.8% (or 11.0% at constant exchange rates) compared with the €600 million recorded for the same period of 2010-11.
For the first nine months of fiscal 2011-12, sales totaled €900 million versus €861 million in the corresponding prior-year period, representing an increase of 4.5%, or 9.2% at constant exchange rates.
The Group’s final sales for third-quarter 2011-12 are in line with the estimate of around €650 million issued on January 10, 2012 and significantly higher than the guidance of between €580 million and €620 million announced when Ubisoft reported its results for the first half of fiscal 2011-12. This third-quarter performance reflects the following:
A near-30% increase in sales of dance titles, with over 13 million sell-in units, which propelled Ubisoft’s worldwide market share in this high-growth segment to nearly 70%1 in calendar 2011. Just Dance® – Ubisoft’s flagship casual franchise – was once again a star performer, continuing to attract increasing numbers of Wii™ players in addition to launching successfully on Kinect™ and seeing its popularity grow in Continental Europe and Asia. In December 2011, Just Dance 3 was the industry best-sku seller in the United States and in EMEA.
Solid sales for Assassin’s Creed® Revelations, coming in at close to 7 million sell-in units, which slightly exceeded forecasts. The title was the industry 7th best seller in calendar 2011.
A 159% increase in sales for the Online segment, driven notably by strong growth from Settlers® Online and Howrse® and robust performance from digital distribution.
In calendar 2011, Ubisoft also continued to win market share in the console games segment (8.6% versus 8.1% in 2010
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