CUPERTINO, Calif. --Sept. 19 1997-- Symantec has criticized McAfee for the distribution of a press release in which it claims to have been the top-selling antivirus software company in the UK in July with its Virus Scan product.
The press release, entitled "McAfee UK Focus Reaps Rewards", quotes data from UK market analyst firm Romtec for sales figures in July. Chris Herbert, market monitoring service manager at Romtec says: "McAfee's interpretation of the data we have researched in this instance is inaccurate. Our up-to-date analysis of more than 2,000 channel outlets indicates that in July Virus Scan was the third placed antivirus product after Norton AntiVirus. It is important for market data of any kind to be interpreted correctly in press releases."
John Wakeman, sales and marketing director, Northern Europe of Symantec commented: "In deliberately displaying inaccurate information like this we can only surmise that this is yet another McAfee marketing stunt designed to confuse the marketplace and mislead the channel. This is incredibly irresponsible and smacks of desperation. In fact Romtec data shows that McAfee has consistently been the third placed antivirus company in the UK behind Symantec. McAfee should withdraw the press release from their web page and replace it with a statement which acknowledges the true facts and apologizes for this dishonesty."
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