"Release dates" from retailers are usually nothing more than hopes to pin dreams on. And since Europe (and North America for that matter) still doesn't have the Dual Shock 3, a heads up for when those elusive "Spring 2008" date just might be. UK retailer DVD.co.uk listed February 1st for the DS3 drop date, but according to Sony Europe:
We haven't had any release date confirmed at the moment. Retailers regularly make up release dates to get pre-orders and gauge interest etc.
That's PR speak for RETAILERS ARE FULL OF SHIT.
DS3 Date? [Videogamer.com]