By Lisa Johnston
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New York — Worldwide PC shipments were down by double digits in the second quarter compared with last year's quarter, according to preliminary reports from International Data Corp. (IDC) and Gartner, with Lenovo leading the way in units shipped.
IDC reported total shipments of 75.6 million units, down 11.4 percent from last year's Q2. Gartner pegged shipments at 76 million, down 10.9 percent year over year. Both companies had Lenovo overtaking HP as the market share leader with 16.7 percent of total shipments.
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Westlake Village, Calif. — Picture quality and price continued to rate at the top of consumers’ considerations when purchasing an HDTV, according to a study released Tuesday by J.D. Power.
Among customers who purchased an HDTV measuring 50 inches or larger, picture quality was cited most often as the reason for their selection (66 percent), followed closely by price (62 percent).
Among customers who purchased an HDTV smaller than 50 inches, price (68 percent) was the leading reason, followed by picture quality (58 percent).
Chicago — Renewed confidence among back-to-school shoppers should help drive August retail sales up 4.3 percent year over year, according to a new projection by ShopperTrak.
The market research firm, which counts and analyzes retail foot traffic, also expects a 0.6 percent increase in store visits next month.
Arlington, Va. — Consumers’ desire for mobility is driving sales of tablets, smartphones, e-readers and wireless mobile hot spots, according to a new study released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
The “15th Annual Household CE Ownership and Market Potential Study” also found that CE spending is up for individuals (35 percent) and households (36 percent) over the last 12 months.
Port Washington, N.Y. — U.S. CE sales slipped 2 percent last year to $143 billion, The NPD Group reported, although the fourth quarter showed a slight year-over-year uptick.
The decline was the second consecutive dip for the CE market, and steepened from the less than 1 percent slip in 2011, the market research firm said. Tech sales have fallen by $4 billion since 2010.
Leading the decline last year was computers, with desktop sales dropping 11 percent and notebook revenue falling 9 percent. TV followed with a 7 percent decline in dollar volume.
Reston, Va. – CE and related categories were the top performers in online sales during the third quarter.
According to a survey by market research firm ComScore, CE, computer software, and digital content and subscriptions, along with apparel, led the pack in e-commerce sales for the three months ended Sept. 30, with gains of at least 16 percent year over year.
Total online sales rose 15 percent during the period, to $41.9 billion, representing the eighth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Music listening is moving to the Cloud and playing a greater role in music discovery and rediscovery, The NPD Group found in a new consumer survey.
While listening to Internet radio stations and on-demand music services is on the rise, listening to music on AM/FM radio and CDs continues to slip, as is listening to downloaded digital files on PCs and MP3 players, the company said.
Waterloo, Ontario – A Sandvine Internet traffic study showed Netflix usage rose 28.8 percent to take the No. 1 streaming service position for fixed network use going into the second half of 2012, followed by YouTube, which saw traffic rise to 13.1 percent.
Arlington, Va. — Consumer confidence in the overall economy increased in October, but confidence in technology fell slightly from last month, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
The CEA Index of Consumer Expectations (ICE), which measures consumer expectations about the broader economy, rose 5.5 points this month, reaching 177.7, the highest level in almost five years, it said. The October 2012 ICE is 18 points higher than October 2011, and the highest level ever for the month of October since the ICE was introduced in 2007.
Port Washington, N.Y. – The TV has outstripped the PC as the primary viewing screen of paid and free online streaming-video content in the past year, according to a recent survey conducted by The NPD Group.
NPD’s recent “Digital Video Outlook” said paid and free video streaming from the web to TV screens has risen from 33 percent to 45 percent over the past 12 months.