Software sales in western Europe grew 19 per cent to $2 billion last year compared with 1994, according to a report by the Software Publishers Association for Europe.
Unit sales for the year rose 41 per cent. Sales were particularly high in the run-up to Christmas with revenues for the fourth quarter of 1995 reaching $677.8 million - a record for western Europe.
Microsoft's market share topped 90 per cent as Windows packages accounted for 92 per cent of the market compared with 87 per cent in 1994.
Revenues from Windows were higher for the fourth quarter of 1995 compared with the same period a year earlier, but Dos and Macintosh revenues fell 35 per cent over the same period.
Dos suffered most in terms of units shipped as its share fell 15 per cent. In comparison, Macintosh slipped by only four per cent.
Gerard Gabella, European managing director of the Software Publishing Association, said: 'The figures show that pricing declines are still having an impact on revenues.
'The industry's quarterly unit growth rates were between 25 per cent and 65 per cent, averaging a figure of 40 per cent for the year.
'But average prices are still declining from 1994 so that revenue growth for the year is only half as large.' Demand was highest in Germany and Austria, where revenues increased 22 per cent over the year to $537 million. The UK/Ireland market also performed well during the year, followed by France.
Thirty-eight software companies took part in the association's survey including Lotus, Adobe and Borland.
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