NPDTechworld reports portable software sales up 220%

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Port Washington, N.Y.--Portable software sales were up 220% in 2001 from the previous year, according to research firm NPDTechworld.

Retail revenue from the sale of portable software more than doubled in 2001 to $27 million, from $12 million in 2000.

More than 900,000 units of portable software were sold through retail channels in 2001, compared with 225,000 units in 2000, the research firm found.

Games made up the largest category, with approximately 350,000 units sold.

The report also found that increased competition has lowered the average selling price of handheld software, which dropped to an average price of $30 in 2001 compared with $42 in 2000.

--Kate Maddox

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