7 winning industries

Despite frozen credit and slow consumer spending, a (precious) few sectors are thriving. Successful industries sell anything with the word "dollar" in it, lipstick, Wii and Spam.

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Video games
Video games
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.
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Last updated December 30 2008: 6:26 AM ET
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