UK market down ahead of Q4 rush

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The UK software market fell once again, despite the release of Guitar Hero 5 and The Beatles: Rock Band.

According to MCV calculations based on this week's Gfk-ChartTrack/ELSPA weekly report, the UK market dipped six per cent to 17.6m for the week ending September 11th. Unit sales fell even further, dropping 14 per cent to 787,853.

The fall comes as a surprise considering the success of Guitar Hero 5, Dirt 2 and The Beatles: Rock Band. There were other new releases in the charts too, including Championship Manager 10, Mini Ninjas and Section 8.

Despite the slide, September still promises to be a strong month, with Need For Speed: Shift, Halo 3: ODST and Professor Layton and Pandora's Box due for release.