Wondering what all those laid off junior analysts are up to these days? Video games sales rose 18% in October, according to retail
research firm NPD Group. Microsoft, which makes the Xbox gaming system, had its best Black Friday ever - sales on the popular November shopping day were 25% higher than last year.
Nintendo has also seen higher sales, and GameStop, a leading retail chain, just posted a strong quarter. The stocks of most video game companies have been beaten down this year, but a
strong holiday season may recharge the industry's returns.