The NPD Group, Inc. reports that PC software sales increased for 2002, with double-digit growth in the finance and business software categories. NPD is a market information company that measures product movement and consumer behavior across a broad range of industries.

"Retail software sales were strong in the third-quarter and by the end of September, retail unit volumes had closed the gap with the same year-to-date period in 2001," said Steve Koenig, senior software analyst for The NPD Group. "However, double-digit year-over- year unit declines during the critical fourth quarter in key software categories including PC games, education, and productivity software contributed to a lower annual retail volume for software in 2002."

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