Home Runs For Home Ed Programs

The personal computer software industry has always been dominated by business programs such as spreadsheets and word-processing packages. But new data from the Software Publishers Assn., a Washington trade group, show that a surprising shift is under way: Home-education software was the fastest growing category, up 55%, to $35 million in the second quarter of 1993. And several traditional categories, although much larger in volume, actually declined. Spreadsheet sales dropped 8%, to $211 million, during the same period.

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