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Port Washington, N.Y. – Retail-level aftermarket sales of car multimedia and car video products surged in the first quarter, The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service found.
However, the increase was not enough to keep the car electronics aftermarket from getting off to a rough start for the year.
Excluding portable navigation devices (PNDs), total sales of aftermarket car audio and video fell 9 percent from the year-ago quarter to $372.1 million, NPD found.
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Port Washington, N.Y. — Internet radio listening is gaining among people ages 13 to 35, and AM/FM listening is declining, The NPD Group found in a consumer survey.
But the two music-delivery technologies are still neck-and-neck in the amount of time that the age group spends listening to music.
NPD also reported a decline in the amount of time that consumers listen to CDs and digital music files.
Port Washington, N.Y. — Karl Werner has been named U.S. technology president for The NPD Group, the global information company.
Werner leads the consumer electronics, technology, games and mobile practice areas. He was previously president of NPD’s consumer technology business, and before that president for commercial technology, IT and printing.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Getting faster cellular-data speeds is the top reason cited by consumers who are buying a smartphone and considering a change of cellular carriers, an NPD Group survey found.
Network speed exceeded network reliability and better coverage for the first time as the top reasons for considering a carrier switch, the latest survey found.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Predicted lower demand for LCD TVs in 2013 has most LCD panel manufacturers scaling down their business strategies for the year, according to the newly released NPD DisplaySearch “Quarterly LCD TV Value Chain Report.”
The market research report said panel makers are trying to avoid an oversupply of LCD TV panels, particularly in smaller screen sizes.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Smartphone and tablet sales will drive cover-glass shipments to more than 2.5 billion in four years, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
Smartphones will be the primary driver of the shipment increases this year, said Calvin Hsieh, DisplaySearch research director, accounting for about 84 percent of the shipments. At the same time, tablets will use about 14 percent of the glass shipped, with touch-based laptops part of the remainder.
Free is always better, but free and legal is the best.
At least that is what music lovers appear to be thinking. According to The NPD Group, illegal music downloads conducted via Peer-to-Peer (P2P) websites dropped off dramatically in 2012 as people opted for online music streaming services as their preferred choice for free music.
Data from NPD’s Annual Music Study 2012 showed a 17 percent decline in P2P usage. The actual number of Internet users utilizing P2P sites fell 11 percent to 21 million, down from its peak of 33 million in 2005.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Share of the $1.3 billion video-on-demand revenue generated by multi-channel video programming distributors (MVPDs) in 2012 continued to be dominated by cable-TV operators, with 56 percent of the overall market, according to report issued Monday by The NPD Group.
NPD’s 2012 VideoWatch VOD Report showed satellite-TV operators ranked second with 27 percent share and telecom operators, with 18 percent, through the year.
Port Washington, N.Y. — The NPD Group has announced changes to its senior management.
“Rapid change in our industry, combined with our new retailer partnerships, more robust infrastructure, and next-generation delivery tools, make this a time of great opportunity for NPD and our clients,” said NPD CEO Tod Johnson. “Our new organization leverages NPD’s core strength of industry expertise while also positioning us to grow our business through accelerated product innovation and strategic global expansion.”
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.