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NEW YORK — U.S. smartphone sales will rise during the holiday season compared to the year-ago period, but despite a wealth of new products, growth will be slower than the year-ago period because of high market penetration, analysts said.
Canalsys forecasts fourth-quarter North American smartphone unit-shipment growth of 10 percent to almost 49 million, a rate lower than the year-ago 29 percent gain. Third-quarter shipments were up 17 percent compared with the year-ago gain of 22 percent, Canalys 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.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL. — Much of Sears Holdings’ focus under chairman/CEO Eddie Lampert has been online, as the retailer beefed up its web and mobile sites, expanded its e-commerce assortment, enhanced its loyalty program and sharpened its multichannel capabilities.
The person responsible for those functions and more is Imran Jooma, a corporate executive VP and president of marketing, online, pricing and financial services.
NEW YORK – Both Hisense USA and Seiki Digital introduced new additions to their respective Ultra HD TV lineups in recent weeks.
Hisense revealed a $1,999 suggested retail and immediate availability on its 55-inch T880 Ultra HD smart TV.
The 55-inch T880 set includes a built-in connected TV system with Wi-Fi linking; an Opera web browser; four HDMI/HDCP inputs, one of which is “true UHD”; and a USB digital media player, the company said. Cosmetics include a narrow frame design.
SAN DIEGO — Heading into the holiday selling season, advance TV retail product placements have unsurprisingly emphasized midsize-format LCD TV models, across groups of retailers.
In a snapshot across retail channels, screen sizes and price points, Gap Intelligence’s TV retail placement analysis identified “a fairly predictable curve, with fewer placements for the smallest and largest sizes, and the majority of placements centered around the middle sizes.”
NEW YORK – With six fewer shopping days and one less weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas – and a Hanukkah that arrives before Black Friday – retailers are wasting no time getting the holiday lead out.
Walmart and Amazon.com were among the first out of the gate, beginning their Black Friday promotional periods with a blitz of early-bird specials and daily deals while Halloween trick-or-treaters were still out and about.
NEW YORK – A couple of announcements in recent weeks may give a little better insight into just how long it may take for the Ultra HD TV revolution to arrive.
First, a global Ultra HD TV market forecast from ABI Research’s First Screen Video Devices and Cloud Video and Video Hardware Research services indicated that the North American market will see a 5 percent Ultra HD household penetration rate by 2017 and 10 percent by the end of 2018.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Third-quarter factory- level soundbar sales rose 71.5 percent in units and 159 percent in dollars compared with the year-ago period, indicating a sharp rise in average selling prices and accelerating growth vs. the year-ago period, Quixel Research determined.
In contrast, third-quarter 2012 sales were up 47 percent in units and 47.5 percent in dollars compared with the year-ago period
For full-year 2012, unit sales were up 69 percent to 3.14 million, and dollar volume was up 82 percent to $658.2 million.
LONG BEACH, CALIF. – New JVC multimedia receivers will focus on HDMI and MHL connectivity, multiple app support, and very intuitive GUI designs, said Keith Lehmann, senior VP of JVC Mobile Entertainment and Kenwood executive VP of consumer electronics.
LONG BEACH, CALIF. — Pioneer has begun shipping a dozen new in-dash aftermarket head units that offer expanded smartphone-connectivity options.
The lineup consists of five double-DIN multimedia DVD receivers, five single-DIN CD receivers, and the company’s first two mechless head units in years.
SAN FRANCISO — CE accessory maker Muse Mini is readying a pair of portable Bluetooth receivers that will enable consumers to turn any pair of headphones into wireless headphones.