Down 6% in 2011, that's where, according to the NPD Group
If it weren't for tablets and mobile phones, 2011 would have been a miserable year for the U.S. consumer electronics industry.
Total U.S. retail sales for the year were $144 billion, down 1% from 2010, according to a report issued Monday by the NPD Group.
That might not sound too bad. But sales of PCs, TVs and video game hardware were all down, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 13, 2012 10:13 AM ET
Apple is the only bright spot in the industry's worst quarter in a decade
Fourth quarter personal computer numbers for the U.S. market came in from Gartner and IDC Wednesday and for the second quarter in a row, Apple (AAPL) sales grew like gangbusters while the Microsoft (MSFT) Windows PC market actually shrank.
Apple sales in the U.S. were up 20.7%, according to Gartner, while HP (HPQ) was down 21.6%, Dell (DELL) MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 12, 2012 6:39 AM ET
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Likely to leave the field to Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, according to DigiTimes
Taipei-based DigiTimes, which has been churning out rumors from Asian electronics parts suppliers as fast as its correspondents can type, reported Thursday that unnamed "sources from upstream supply chain" believe that PC makers such as Hewlett-Packard (HPC), Dell (DELL), Acer and Asustek will "gradually phase out" of the tablet market.
According to DigiTimes:
With Amazon offering its Kindle Fire at MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 18, 2011 6:25 AM ET
Their PC shipments grew by double digits while the broader market fell more than 11%
Even without counting the iPad, Apple (AAPL) gained smartly on the major personal computer vendors in Europe last quarter according to a report issued Monday by Gartner, Inc.
While the broader market for PCs fell 11.4% in the quarter, Apple's Mac shipments grew 19.6%. Only Asus, which specializes in Microsoft (MSFT) Windows-based notebooks, grew faster.
Otherwise, writes Gartner's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 14, 2011 12:14 PM ET
Chinese consumers rate Macs as most desirable, although only 7% can afford one
In August, according to IDC, China overtook the U.S. as the world's largest consumer of personal computers.
On Wednesday, Morgan Stanley issued the results of a survey suggesting that Apple (AAPL) is the best positioned of all PC manufacturers to capitalize on the boom.
Summarizing the results of a proprietary Alphawise survey of 1,553 consumers in 16 Chinese cities, Morgan MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 10, 2011 6:39 AM ET
Jumps to 4th place in the latest Greenpeace survey of electronics manufacturers
Apple (AAPL) has come a long way in the eyes of the environmental activitsts at Greenpeace since they painted Steve Jobs as a hypocrite for promising "a greener Apple" in May 2007 and delivering an iPhone the next month laced with bromine, chlorine and phthlates.
In its annual Guide to Greener Electronics that year, Apple came in 11th place, barely MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 9, 2011 3:00 AM ET
With one seventh as many employees as IBM, Apple generates 13 times more profit
As of September, Apple (AAPL) had 60,400 full-time equivalent employees, according to the SEC Form 10-K it filed Wednesday, nearly 30% more than the 46,600 it reported in Q4 2010.
But those employees generate more profit per capita -- by far -- than any of Apple's peers in the industry.
In the quarter that ended in September -- not MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 30, 2011 6:34 AM ET
When the company's blistering growth is factored in, it certainly looks that way
Four years ago, before the 2008 recession, Apple (AAPL) was trading at more than 45 times earnings. Today it's trading at less than 15 -- a situation that frustrates investors no end.
A little over a week ago, Dirk Schmidt, a German management consultant writing on one of our favorite blogs -- Horace Dediu's Asymco -- posed an interesting MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 5, 2011 2:59 PM ET
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