Sony Corp. has announced that PlayStation 3 sales have increased 135% at the top five U.S. retailers because of its July 9 price break that reduced the console's cost to $499. About 98,469 PS3 units were sold in June, reflecting a 21% increase from May. Sony will introduce a new 80GB PS3 SKU in August priced at $599. The company has begun offering new PS3 game titles to increase retail sales, but it will discontinue the 60GB model once available stock is depleted.
Go2Group hires new director to head SPLA sales division
Leading provider of software production line automation (SPLA) services Go2Group, Inc., has announced the addition of Laura Tannourji as director of SPLA sales. Before joining Go2Group, Tannourji worked for Accurev and Borland. In her new position, she will be responsible for driving the company's continued SPLA sales growth. Tannourji has had more than 10 years of experience in enterprise sales at leading software firms. Go2Group, Inc., delivers software production lines to its clients and provides consulting, systems integration, and training services for test automation systems.
Apple's profits increase 73%
Apple has registered a 73% surge in quarterly profits compared with its profits from last year. The increase is the result of strong sales of Macintosh computers and iPods. The company earned $818 million, or 92 cents per share, in the last quarter, compared with 54 cents per share, or $472 million, during the same period in the previous financial year. Revenue has increased 24% to $5.41 billion from last year's $4.37 billion. Sales of Macintosh computers totaled 1.76 million during the third quarter, reflecting a 33% increase from the quantity of sales made last year. iPod sales figures rose by 21% from last year's third-quarter results, reaching a total of 9.8 million units.