March was a bumper month for business software in the retail sector, as operating system and productivity software rebounded from a slow January-February period. At least this is the message from the latest figures released by Inform.
The business software market's growth of 24 per cent for the month was due to the surplus budgets of many small businesses, according to the channel research company.
Microsoft led the charge with increased shipments of up to 50 per cent compared to February. Gains coming largely from its XP range of operating systems, office suites and components saw Microsoft close on Symantec's retail market share of 23 per cent.
But Symantec wasn't about to lay down, with strongly performing antivirus and internet security software resulting in year-on-year growth of 44 per cent and 244 per cent respectively.
Although its taken a while to return to normal buying patterns after the introduction of the GST, finance software is on the comeback trail, with many users now needing to upgrade their accounting packages according to Inform. March sales of financial software was 67 per cent higher than March last year, and 9 per cent higher than February 2002.