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Analyst: Software Sales Up in June

June NPD videogame software sales in the US were up 15-20 percent over the same month last year, Lazard Capital Markets forecast today.

Analyst Colin Sebastian's prediction is above the consensus expectation of a 5-10 percent increase in sales.

His forecast for growth comes despite a tough comparison from THQ's top-seller Cars and the PS2 version of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories from Take-Two. Both games launched in June of last year.

On an individual publisher basis, EA sell-through is expected to be down 15-20 percent and THQ down 50 percent. Activision sell-through, however, is expected to have doubled over last year thanks to Transformers and catalog titles Spider-Man III and Guitar Hero II.

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