Capcom's sales in the past six months up 55.7 percent from last year, breaking its own record

Capcom has had a good six months in the first half of this fiscal year after recording a 55.7 percent increase in net sales (45,538 yen) from the same period last year, according to its latest earnings report.

In the six months ending on Sept. 30, Capcom announced that its operating income increased to 6,515 million yen (up 134.2 percent from the same time last year) and its ordinary income increased to 6,076 million yen (up 218.5 percent from the same term last year). Net income rose 355.1 percent from last year with a total of 4,125 million yen.

Capcom pins much of the company's financial success in the first half of the fiscal year to the release of Resident Evil 6, which it says was "off to a good start" shipping 3.7 million units at the end of September (which has since risen to 4.5 million units as of Oct 4.). Dragon's Dogma also exceeded Capcom's expectations by cracking the million-mark and its social game Resident Evil: Outbreak Survive cracked more than two million registered users.

Capcom reports in its fiscal earnings report that the sales and income over the past six months "broke the record at all levels for the first half [of a year], since the announcement of consolidated mid-term financial results started in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001."

The company reports that Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, which was launched in 2011, also experienced "steady growth" in the past six months with the release of downloadable content. Monster Hunter Frontier Online "also secured a stable income" and social games The Smurfs' Village and Snoopy's Street Fair also "brought Capcom steady fees by obtaining a wide range of users."

However the company still reported some losses. The net sales of its Arcade Operations fell seven percent to 5,630 million yen and two unprofitable arcades were closed, bringing the total number of Capcom arcades in Japan to 35. Losses were also experienced in the character-related licensing royalties department, which was down 3.4 percent from last year. Operating income in Arcade Operations was also down 6.3 percent from the same time last year.

The forecast for the fiscal year ending Mar. 31, 2013 is 105,000 million yen in net sales, 15,800 million yen in operating income, and 15,700 million yen in ordinary income.

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