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Germany is not Europe's top market

GfK admits to issuing incorrect data.

Update: Gfk Chart-Track in the UK has contacted GamesIndustry.biz to admit that the press release it issued earlier today had been written using incorrect data.

The company is expected to release a correction shortly. It is understood that Germany is not a bigger games market than the UK. This is the second time in as many weeks that GfK Chart-Track data has been publicly questioned.

Original Story: Sales-tracker Media Control GfK has revealed that Germany has replaced the UK as the largest European videogame market.

The UK sagged to second as sales dropped by 20 per cent year-on-year for the first-half of 2009. Graphs for France and Spain frowned, too.

Smiley graphs, on the other hand, belonged to Portugal, Sweden and the Netherlands. The Portuguese bought a significant 16 per cent more games YOY.

GfK highlighted Wii Fit as the best-selling game of 2009 in the UK, Germany and Austria. Nintendo's exercise revolution enjoyed big sales in Italy, Sweden and Finland as well.

SingStar (Finland), COD4 (Finland), GTA Liberty City Stories (Sweden), Pokemon Platinum (Germany, Austrai) and FIFA 09 (UK) all also posted strong Euro performances.

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