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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...

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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...

2011-02-02 00:00:42

Commercial-grade LCD Displays with Narrow Bezels Set to Take Off in 2011 Santa Clara, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) February 01, 2011 New advancements in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) are now allowing for commercial-grade products with very thin bezels (the visible rim or edge of the display), making them suitable for video wall applications, according to DisplaySearch, the worldwide leader in display market research and consulting. "In recent years, in order for professional video installers to create...

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2011-01-14 10:45:00

Overall sales of video games fell short of expectations for 2010 but are expected to climb back up for 2011 as people embrace new ways of playing games online and on mobile devices, according to retail research firm NPD Group. Total spending on video games and equipment fell 6 percent to $18.6 billion in 2010, as gamers curtailed spending in the early part of the year despite a surge in video game accessories -- spurred by Microsoft Corp's Kinect and Sony Corp's Move motion control systems....

2010-12-31 00:01:00

Mini-Note/Slate OCs Driving Growth; Taiwanese Projected Capacitive Suppliers Gaining Santa Clara, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) December 29, 2010 In its Q4'10 Touch Panel Market Analysis update, DisplaySearch indicated that the worldwide touch screen industry is on track for more than 30% Y/Y growth in 2010. The report includes shipment and revenue data for the first half of 2010 and estimates for the second half of the year for 32 leading touch screen suppliers. "Despite the worldwide economic...

2010-12-31 00:00:55

Emerging Markets Driving Growth Santa Clara, Calif. (Vocus/PRWEB) December 30, 2010 While the consumer electronics industry prepares its wares for the CES in Las Vegas, the foundations of a quiet revolution in TV viewing continue to be built, with 21% of all TVs shipped in 2010 forecast to have internet connectivity. According to the DisplaySearch Q4'10 Quarterly TV Design and Features Report, the category is forecast to grow to over 122 million in 2014 (Figure 1). Growth of connected TVs...

2010-12-17 00:00:43

Chinese Manufacturers Share of Global Solar Cell Shipments Rises to 51% in Q3 2010 San Francisco, CA (Vocus) December 16, 2010 Global photovoltaic demand was 4.0 GW in Q3'10 up 107% on one year earlier, according to Solarbuzz®, an international solar energy market research and consulting company. Total industry revenues for the quarter were $17.9 billion, up 74% on the same quarter last year. According to the Solarbuzz Quarterly report, 10.6 GW of photovoltaics were installed in the...

2010-12-13 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new study commissioned by Child's Play Communications from The NPD Group Inc., a leading market research company, 79% of all moms in the U.S. with children under the age of 18 are active in social media. Of these moms, about one in four (23%) said they have purchased a children's product as a result of a recommendation from a social networking site or blog. "Social Media Moms: How Networking Impacts Purchasing Behaviors" probes...

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2010-12-10 11:50:00

According to retail research firm NPD Group, a strong turnout by shoppers for Black Friday boosted U.S. video game sales 8 percent last month, marking the strongest November on record, but sales for the entire year are likely to be flat. Consumers have bought a total of $2.99 billion worth of consoles from Microsoft Corp., Nintendo Co. and Sony Corp. and games from companies like Electronic Arts Inc. and Activision Blizzard Inc. NPD Group said that this is an 8 percent increase on the same...

2010-12-07 00:00:41

U.S. adults, across all generations, understand the principles of healthy eating. While the majority of adults recognize the need to eat healthy, their translation into healthy eating behavior varies by generation, according to a new report by The NPD Group, a leading market research company. Chicago, IL (Vocus) December 6, 2010 U.S. adults, across all generations, understand the principles of healthy eating. While the majority of adults recognize the need to eat healthy, their translation...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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