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As the holiday season fast approaches, the big question is what’s going to happen in the electronics market. There has been a lot of discussion about the strong product slate hitting the store shelves, the impact of mobile and ecommerce, showrooming, the robust marketing that is likely to occur due to the shortened selling season, and the iffy economic environment creating a volatile and maybe a little uncertain mix for this year’s sales opportunities. But most of that is noise.
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.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Seventy-five percent of adults 18-34 use connected TVs to watch over-the-top (OTT) video, according to a new study by The NPD Group.
The study suggests that young adults are overwhelmingly streaming online video content such as YouTube and Netflix as “the most prominent way of accessing video content.”
Port Washington, N.Y. – Computer sales during the 10-week back-to-school selling period fell slightly this year, according to a study by The NPD Group.
The research firm reported sales declined 2.5 percent with laptop sales falling 2 percent and desktops down 5 percent year over year. NPD noted that sales of Chromebook and notebooks with touchscreens helped offset the decline.
Chromebooks added about 175,000 units into the market this year and touchscreen notebooks accounted for 25 percent of all sales. Also giving a boost were sub-$300 priced Windows laptops.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Global PC panel shipments increased 8 percent in July, coming off the tail of three consecutive months of declines, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
According to the NPD DisplaySearch “Monthly Tablet PC Panel Shipment & Value Chain Report,” 23 million tablet PC panels were shipped, an 8 percent increase over June. The growth was driven by 7-inch panels, which comprised 49 percent of all shipments.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Consumers are expected to spend $555 per person on new consumer electronics devices this year, a 9 percent increase over 2012, according to the 2013 Household Penetration Study from global information company, The NPD Group.
According to the report, nearly three-in-four (72 percent) of consumers expect to buy a consumer electronics product over the next 12 months.
Port Washington, N.Y. — More than 60 percent of smartphone owners are aware that they can trade in their existing device for a new device, and more than half of smartphone owners plan to do so when they get a new phone, The NPD Group found in a consumer survey.
Currently, only 13 percent of smartphone owners said they traded in their previous mobile device.
Port Washington, N.Y. — ESPN’s recent decision to drop its 3D HD sports channel followed a cooling in interest among manufacturers and consumers, alike, according to a recent blog by Ben Arnold, The NPD Group industry analysis director.
According to 3D TV unit sell-through numbers, NPD’s Retail Tracking Service said sales, which had been robust through 2012 at 32 percent growth compared with the year prior, have slowed through the first quarter of the year.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Touch-sensor glass production is forecast to grow dramatically as new touch technologies begin to take hold, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
The research firm expects total sensor glass yield to hit 35.9 million square meters by 2015, up from 25.5 million square meters in 2013 and 12 million square meters last year.
Port Washington, N.Y. – A total of 32 percent of all smartphones purchased at retail in the first quarter were prepaid phones, up from 21 percent in the year-ago quarter and 22 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, The NPD Group found.
And national retailers were the trend’s biggest winners.
Santa Clara, Calif. – Led by tablets, touch-enabled device shipments will more than double over the next four years, according to PD DisplaySearch.
The research firm’s latest report has 762.7 million mobile PC devices shipping worldwide by 2017, up from the 367.6 million that shipped in 2012.
The spike will be fueled by an increase in demand for tablets, primarily inexpensive, white-box models in China, said Richard Shim, senior analyst with NPD DisplaySearch.