xbox360-haloIt appears that not only Nintendo had a great holiday season, but Microsoft too. The company released sales data showing that Christmas 2008 was the biggest sales period ever in the brand’s six-year European history, with Xbox 360 sales almost double compared to the sales of the previous holiday season.

The company reported that about eight million consoles have been sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa up to the end of 2008, and that’s one of the reasons why GfK-ChartTrack named the Xbox 360 the fastest-growing console of 2008. We’re wondering if Nintendo agrees, since previous sales data showed that Wii consoles sold well, too.

Nick Gibson, analyst, said: Microsoft appears to have enjoyed an excellent end to 2008 in Europe. According to GFK Chart Track data, the Xbox 360 recorded in excess of 100% growth in December sales compared to 2007 across the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, well ahead of any other console. It also recorded comfortably the highest rate of year-on-year growth for the final quarter of 2008 overall.”

Good job for Microsoft! I’m sure everybody is curious to see if the company can keep it up this year as well.