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Sony beats Microsoft in console sales for fifth month

Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 beat Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One in sales of consoles in U.S. stores in May, extending its lead for a fifth month.

Overall consumer spending on video-game hardware and software jumped 52 percent to $586 million last month, compared with a year earlier, with the PS4 retaining its sales lead as the No. 1 platform, NPD Group Inc. said in an e-mailed statement today.