A national conspiracy to hide the Xbox's first day sales figures seems to have hit UK retailers, with all of the major players refusing to give information on how many consoles have been sold.

Microsoft's Xbox is manufactured for the European market by technology manufacturer Flextronics, based in Hungary.

The facility is in operation 24 hours a day, five days a week and has the ability to produce around two consoles a minute, equivalent to 15,000 units a day.

Although Microsoft said it would not be releasing first day sales figures until at least next week, it stated that it has experienced no problems with supply of the console.

Based on this we can only assume that Flextronics has met Microsoft's goals to ship a minimum of 100,000 consoles a week across Europe. Microsoft aims to sell 1.5m consoles in the first three months after launch.

Rival Sony's PS2 was launched in the UK in November 2000. Sony has thus far sold around £1.8m consoles in the UK.

In the USA, where the Xbox was launched just under five months ago, where 1.5m consoles have already been sold.