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Analyst predicts no ‘red’ October: Software sales up 34 percent from 2012

Market-research firm The NPD Group isn’t releasing the official October video game sales number until later this week, but the analysts at Wedbush Securities are predicting a healthy month before November’s onslaught of new systems.

Wedbush expects software sales up 34 percent compared to last year’s October, for a total of $580 million. This is thanks to a number of high-profile releases, including Battlefield 4, Skylanders: Swap Force, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Pokémon X and Y. September’s Grand Theft Auto V, which broke all sorts of sales records, should also help October’s numbers.

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