Tablet Sales Slow in 2014
By Will765 On 31 Jul, 2014 At 12:06 PM | Categorized As News | With 0 Comments

After several years of tremendous growth, the market for tablets has finally begun to slow down.  The sales growth in the second quarter of 2013 over the same time in 2012 was an amazing 60 percent.  The second quarter of 2014 compared to 2013 is “only” 11 percent.  This led Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly to say  “The tablets boomed and now are crashing. The volume has really gone down in the last several months.”  This seems to be somewhat of a misstatement, since almost any industry would love to have an 11 percent growth rate.  Another quote from Joly is telling-  “But I think the laptop has something of a revival because it’s becoming more versatile.”

Now we get to the meat of the matter.  The profit margins on laptops are much higher than those on most tablets(Apple’s iPads excluded).  It would greatly benefit Best Buy if laptops made a surge in sales, compared to tablets.  This seems to be more wishful thinking, than a true analysis of facts.  Now, it is true that the growth of tablet markets are slowing.  However, it is still expanding.  Contrast this to the ever declining PC market, which Joly thinks is making a comeback.  At best, PC sales are getting to the point of not declining as rapidly as they had been for the last few years.  While good news for PC makers and sellers, it’s not time to break out the champagne, I believe..

 

 

 

 

About - Bill Anderson posts under the clever alias will765. Gets to work from a home office for a piano moving company, in glorious Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Pretty new to android, but love technology and have been building my own(and friends)pc's for about 15 years

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