Latest NPD Group Stories

2011-05-14 08:37:14

Console and portable video game sales grew by 26 percent in April compared to the same time period last year, an increase that research firm The NPD Group attributes to a stronger lineup of games such as "Call of Duty: Black Ops" and "Mortal Kombat 2011."Five titles sold more than a quarter-million units in April, versus just two a year ago, said the firm after the market closed on Thursday.The NPD Group said total US video game industry sales came in at $961.2 million in April 2011 compared...

2011-04-26 00:00:27

Products Available Will Range from Basic Connectivity to Smart TV, Influenced by Regional Differences in Broadcast and Internet Access Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) April 25, 2011 Attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show in January saw how pivotal internet services have suddenly become to TV products. Overall, nearly 20% of all TVs shipped in 2010 featured connected TV capabilities. According to the DisplaySearch Q1'11 Quarterly TV Design and Features Report, the connected TV category is...

2011-04-15 13:30:49

Consumers spent 4 percent less, or only $1.47 billion on games, consoles, portable devices and accessories during March of this year, market researcher NPD Group reported this week. This compares with sales of $1.53 billion in March 2010. Gaming hardware sales such as Nintendo's hand-held 3DS climbed 12 percent to $494.5 million from $440.6 million last year. The Nintendo DS was the top system, selling about 100,000 more units than the Nintendo 3DS, which was released stateside on March 27,...

2011-04-07 00:00:26

United States Deal Tracker report. While the PV industry is facing the effects of large cuts in feed-in tariffs across Europe, the order backlog in the US confirms that the country will be one of the most promising growth markets over the next 24 months. The US market doubled in size in 2010 and is forecast to do so again in 2011. San Francisco, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) April 06, 2011 The solar photovoltaic (PV) project order backlog for the United States market has now soared past 12 gigawatts...

2011-03-30 00:00:28

Following very strong growth of 139% in 2010, global solar photovoltaic (PV) demand is off to a weak start in 2011. Preliminary estimates of Q1'11 end-market demand in Germany show it running at less than 50% of its Q1'10 level. The gradual price reductions seen so far this year have been insufficient in energizing the market. However, in Q2'11 global demand is still projected to reach 7.4 GW, representing 77% Y/Y growth, according to the latest Solarbuzz Quarterlyreport issued today. San...

2011-03-22 00:00:27

Driven largely by sales of high-end Android phones, mobile handsets with screens that are 4 inches or larger now comprise nearly one quarter of all smartphone sales. Port Washington, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) March 21, 2011 According to The NPD Group, a leading market research company, U.S. consumers are willing to give up room in their pockets and handbags to gain a richer media experience on their mobile devices. The U.S. market share for iPhones and other smartphones with screen sizes between 3.5...

2011-03-16 00:00:29

Industry Prepares for Significantly Lower Growth over Next Two Years San Francisco, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 15, 2011 Worldwide solar photovoltaic (PV) market installations reached a record high of 18.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2010. This represents growth of 139% over the previous year, according to the annual PV market report, Marketbuzz® 2011, issued today by Solarbuzz, a California-based solar energy consultancy, and a part of The NPD Group. The PV industry generated $82 billion in global...

2011-03-16 00:00:29

NPD's VideoWatch Digital tracking service reveals that subscription streaming, digital movies purchased online, and Internet and cable video-on-demand (VOD) services are becoming a part of many Americans' entertainment diets. Port Washington, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) March 15, 2011 According to a recent review of the home video market in the U.S. by The NPD Group, a leading market research company, Netflix's share of digital movie units -- downloaded or streamed -- reached 61 percent between...

2011-03-11 12:06:23

Consumer tracking service NPD Group on Thursday announced that $1.36 billion was spent in the US on video games, consoles, portable devices and accessories in February, an increase of 3 percent from February 2010. The increase was helped in part by strong sales of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 game system and its Kinect motion-sensing controller. According to NPD, the Xbox 360 had its best non-holiday-season month ever, and average selling prices of bundled sales of the Xbox 360 console and...

2011-02-18 09:15:00

Market researcher NPD Group reported on Thursday that total US retail sales of video game consoles and software dropped 4 percent in January. Sales of popular hardware such as Microsoft Corp.'s Kinect motion-sensing controller, were down to $1.14 billion last month from $1.18 billion in January 2010. The sales drop would have been larger if not for the growing popularity of dancing games. The best-selling game this month was, as expected, the blockbuster shooter "Call of Duty: Black Ops" from...

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