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STAMFORD, CONN. — Combined worldwide shipments of PCs, tablets and cellphones will rise 4.5 percent in 2013 to 2.32 billion units in 2013, driven by tablet and cellphone growth, research and consulting company Gartner forecast.
Worldwide shipments of traditional desk-based and notebook PCs will drop 11.2 percent to 303 million units in 2013, Gartner forecasts. Sales of ultramobile PCs will rise 90 percent to 18.6 million, but the entire PC market (desktop, notebook, and ultramobile) will still decline 8.4 percent, the company said.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
ARLINGTON, VA. — Twenty-eight percent of brick-and-mortar shoppers wind up making their CE purchases at the retailers’ websites, a new study shows.
The report, from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), also indicates that just less than half (45 percent) of brick-and-mortar customers use their mobile devices to help them shop while in stores, and 4 percent will use them to make a purchase.
FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — IDC is predicting that PlayStation 4 sales will just barely beat out Microsoft’s Xbox One this holiday season.
It also said overall console sales will enjoy a slight uptick in sales compared with 2012.
The report credited the PS4’s lower price point for its expected dominance this year.
LOS ANGELES — Nearly a quarter of consumers plan to spend more this holiday season in anticipation of better deals and discounts, a new survey shows.
According to a poll by PriceGrabber, the comparison shopping site, 66 percent of respondents believe retailers will offer better prices due to the state of the economy, and the number of shoppers who plan to take advantage of those deals by spending more is up 11 percent over last year.
CHICAGO — With a shorter holiday shopping season, ShopperTrak, the provider of shopper analytics, predicted that four of the 10 busiest shopping days will occur between Dec. 20 and Dec. 24.
Retailers should expect to see more shoppers making last-minute purchases this holiday season, and ShopperTrak advised retailers to prepare accordingly.
WASHINGTON – A pair of recent studies, by the National Retail Foundation (NRF) and Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), suggest that electronics devices could be the darlings of the holiday selling season.
A recent NRF poll found that more than one-third (36.1 percent) of consumers would like to receive a CE gift for the holidays, ranking just third behind gift cards (59.4 percent) – the top choice for the seventh consecutive year – and clothing and accessories (51.2 percent).
LOS ANGELES — Holiday sales of technology products will grow this year but not at the rate of previous years, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which is predicting CE spending to increase 2.6 percent.
That is down from 4 percent growth in the 2012 holiday season, according to CEA’s report, the “20th Annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Study,” released at CEA’s Industry Forum, here, in October.
Tom Wheeler has been named chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Mike O’Rielly as commissioner of the FCC ... Paul Rutenis and Janet Fox, both from JCPenney, join RadioShack as senior VPs, him as chief merchandising officer and her to head global sourcing.
LOS ANGELES — Ultra High Definition was the talk of the annual CEA Industry Forum, held here in October. Mike Dunn, president of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, made his pitch for a combination Ultra High-Definition Blu-ray deck with a multi-TB hard drive and a separate Ultra HD server for the home in his keynote, while a panel of hardware and industry experts discussed the new video format.
Dunn pushed in his keynote that the entertainment industry is “linked to your [CE] business. We need to work together to succeed.”
LOS ANGELES — Fifteen industry leaders were inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame during its 14th annual awards ceremony, held here, Tuesday, Oct. 22.
The Hall of Fame Awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) Industry Forum earlier this week and included a special tribute to International CES founder Jack Wayman’s 50-year career at CEA and its predecessor organization.
The 2013 class includes the following: