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CD-ROM software market to grow to $4.3b by year 2002

Survey says games fuelling the increase in western Europe

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The CD-ROM consumer software market in Europe is set to grow to $4.3 billion by the year 2002, according to a market research report. That represents an increase from a figure of $1.2 billion in 1997, with the games market then accounting for 65 per cent of that figure last year. According to the report from Datamonitor, Revenue Opportunities in Consumer Software, 36.5 million CD-ROM software units were sold in western Europe in 1997. That figure is expected to almost triple by 2002 to 91.1 million units, the report said. Of the different marketplaces, Germany took the lion's share, with the market worth $527 million in 1997 and set to grow to $1.3 billion by 2002. The UK takes second place to Germany, with a market value of $333 million last year. According to Datamonitor, consumer CD-ROM software is one of the most profitable mediums in western Europe and will grow because of the forecasted increase in sales of multimedia PCs. ®

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