Top-selling software in 2006: MS Office, TurboTax, Norton Internet Security, Quickbooks

According to The NPD Group, US retail sales of non-games software totaled $2.9 bln in 2006, a 2% decline over the $3 bln generated in 2005. While the most significant increases were seen in business and system utilities software, which posted respective dollar sales increases of 10% and 3% over 2005, the most significant losses were in operating system and finance software, which experienced respective dollar declines of 30% and 8% over the same time period. Strong sales of security suite software, which experienced 19% growth in dollar sales in 2006, helped make the system utilities category the second-best performing category in 2006.

Top-selling software products in 2006
Software product Manufacturer Release Price
MS Office 2003 Student/Teacher Ed Microsoft Oct 2003 $136.91
TurboTax 2005 Deluxe With State Intuit Nov 2005 $38.41
Norton Internet Security 2006 Symantec Sep 2005 $65.39
Quickbooks 2006 Pro Intuit Nov 2005 $171.22
MS Office 2004 Student/Teacher Ed Microsoft Mar 2004 $147.73
Norton Antivirus 2006 Symantec Sept 2005 $34.89
Spy Sweeper Webroot Apr 2003 $16.90
TurboTax 2005 Premier With State Intuit Nov 2005 $67.59
MS Windows XP Home Ed. Upgrade Microsoft Oct 2001 $93.34
Norton Internet Security 2006,
System Works 2006 Upgr Bundle
Symantec Nov 2005 $59.21
Source: NPD Group