Retail Briefs: Amazon, Tower Systems, bus software sales

Retail Briefs: Amazon, Tower Systems, bus software sales

Amazon jumps the gun on XP again

Online retailer has given customers another chance to pre-order Microsoft's anticipated Windows XP operating system, offering its second peek at how much users may be expected to pay for the product ahead of the software-maker's official release.

On August 23, Amazon listed the full version of Microsoft Windows XP Professional for sale on its Web site at $US299 ($560), with an upgrade price of $199. By the afternoon, the online retailer had yanked the product from its site.

Amazon has offered a similar glimpse at the product's pricing in July, before abruptly pulling the information from its Web site.

Retailers climb Tower

Tower Systems has released a new software package which it claims allows independent retailers the functionality enjoyed by large management systems. The software is an add-on to Tower's Retailer point-of-sale and stock-control suite, and uses the Internet to help retailers consolidate stock orders, compare trading information, manage prices and share commonly held stock.

"It helps small retailers leverage their collective might to more successfully compete," said Tower Systems managing director Mark Fletcher.

Software keeps its head above water

Business software sales for July maintained the heights of June levels, with Inform reporting sales are down just 4 per cent on this time last year.

While sales in productivity software dropped overall by 8 per cent, sales in finance software was up 12 per cent on June figures and creativity software was up 4 per cent. However the development software market, which performed exceptionally well in June, slumped 18 per cent on the previous month.

Personal management software also performed well, with sales up 71 per cent.

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