Wow, thats good to see for the US at least. It would have been nice to see if this increase is roughly even across america, or places that got hit really hard during the financial crisis are still in the shit.
Overall interesting read, each person on average spend $423 dollars. Which is really enough to buy a WiiU and a game.
My guess is most of those spending would break that up to invest into several presents for family members.
DS, 3DS and Wii price points would be huge swing votes, not to mention the very popular 360 atm in the USA.
Then we also know that every tom dick and harry wants a tablet, so WiiU ends up being significantly lower on the prioity chain for shopper atm.