Analyst: Software, Hardware Fortunes To Trade Places In September NPD Results

When the NPD Group reports September's U.S. industry retail sales this Thursday, don't look for a reversal in declines, warns Kaufman Bros. analyst Todd Mitchell, who forecasts revenues down 8 percent to $1.175 billion. But the trend that's seen software down alongside growing hardware can be expected to change, he predicts.

The launch of Microsoft's Halo: Reach and Electronic Arts' FIFA 11 should push software retail sales toward a positive trend, he says. Conversely, challenging comparisons for the PlayStation 3, a "pull-back" in Wii hardware and "continued erosion of the handheld market" will combine to create hardware declines.

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EVILDEAD3603288d ago

LOL..I guess we'll never know now..

Mahr3288d ago

Here's hoping some brave soul leaks the entire NPD report.

Information wants to be free.