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2012-06-25 23:02:10

Strong Year-End Demand Motivates Aggressive Cost Reductions Across the Value-Chain as PV Prices Continue to Fall Santa Clara, Calif. (PRWEB) June 25, 2012 The leading metrics influencing PV industry supply and demand (module production, supply and market-demand) are forecast to come to within 8% of the second-half market demand of 17.2 GW, according to recent findings in the latest NPD Solarbuzz Quarterly report. This follows two years of turbulent over-capacity, over-supply, and inventory...

2012-05-29 23:01:39

Latest TV Replacement Study from NPD DisplaySearch Indicates Consumers in Emerging Regions Desire New Features and Latest Technologies Santa Clara, California (PRWEB) May 29, 2012 Findings from the annual update to the NPD DisplaySearch Global TV Replacement Study indicate that, over the past year, the TV replacement cycle decreased on a global scale, from 8.4 to 6.9 years. The study found a variety of reasons for this trend, including declining prices, a wider variety of sizes, and desire...

2012-05-23 23:03:14

With the growing penetration of smartphones, mobile phone applications are quickly becoming the go-to source for countless daily tasks, including finding grocery deals, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company. NPD food market research also finds that tech-savvy consumers are using the Internet and social media to hunt down recipes, shop for food, and connect with their favorite food brands. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 23, 2012 With the growing penetration of smartphones,...

2012-05-21 23:02:13

Kids meals with toys are no longer the draw they once were for the restaurant industry´s youngest customers, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company. NPD´s foodservice market research reports that restaurant visits that included an order for kids meals with a toy have been declining for the past several years. For year ending December 2011, restaurant visits that included a kids meal with a toy declined by 6 percent compared to the same period year ago. Chicago...

Has The Era Of Video Game Consoles Passed?
2012-05-14 10:05:47

Is it time to begin mourning the end of an era? Console-based video game sales fell 42 percent in April of this year, with total industry sales falling to $630.4 million from $930.9 million a year ago, according to market researcher NPD Group. An early Easter holiday and a relatively light game release schedule for the month may have contributed to the lower than expected sales numbers, but very strong sales numbers have not been seen for a while, writes Venture Beat´s Rob LeFebvre....

Xbox Reigns As Top Selling Console, 15 Months Straight
2012-04-14 04:26:47

According to NPD Group, Microsoft's video console is still the top selling game console, and has been for 15 months in a row. Microsoft sold 371,000 Xbox 360 units last month, racking up a 42 percent stake of all console sales. Total spending on Xbox hardware, software and accessories was $430 million, which was more than what was spent on Sony's PS3 and Nintendo's Wii combined. The rest of the video game industry saw declines, with sales of consoles and other hardware dropping 35...

2012-04-02 23:01:28

Manufacturers´ Shipment Growth Plans in Line with Market Demand in First Three Quarters of 2012 Santa Clara, Calif. (PRWEB) April 02, 2012 Strong early-year photovoltaic market demand in 2012, stimulated by a shifting and uncertain policy environment in Europe, has established the foundation for PV manufacturers to increase shipments this year, according to the latest Solarbuzz Quarterly report from NPD Solarbuzz. Boosted particularly by delayed policy tightening in Germany, Q1'12...

2012-03-28 23:03:20

The term “mobile processor” refers to a range of processors used in mobile CE devices, often referred to as applications processors and central processing units (CPUs). These highly flexible mobile processors are used in multifunction devices that combine computing, communications, entertainment, and/or productivity capabilities. Mobile devices include e-readers, handheld game consoles (HGCs), mobile PCs, portable media players (PMPs), smartphones, and tablets. New NPD In-Stat...

2012-03-26 23:01:32

By 2016, Cast-Mono Is Forecast to Account for More than 25% of All Wafers Consumed by the Solar Industry Santa Clara, Calif. (PRWEB) March 26, 2012 PV polysilicon and wafer prices fell approximately 50% in 2011. With demand for solar systems forecast to be down or flat in 2012, polysilicon and wafer prices are expected to remain under heavy pressure. As a result, revenues for both industries are predicted to shrink, polysilicon by 35% and wafer by 47%. As described in the new NPD Solarbuzz...

2012-03-20 23:02:13

TV programs have come to the Internet, and the Internet has gone to mobile devices. Now the Internet is coming back to TV, and savvy software engineers and smart TV producers are finding ways to create new "hybrid" services that bring it all together. Scottsdale, Ariz. (PRWEB) March 20, 2012 TV programs have come to the Internet, and the Internet has gone to mobile devices. Now the Internet is coming back to TV, and savvy software engineers and smart TV producers are finding ways to create...