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CEA Forecasts CE Industry Revenues to Reach Record-High US$209 Billion in 2013 (4/3/2013)
Tablets, mobile connected devices continue to drive industry
Revenues for the consumer electronics (CE) industry are projected to grow nearly three percent, reaching a new record-high of $209.6 billion, according to the semi-annual industry forecast released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The forecast also shows 2012 industry revenues reached $204 billion, up five percent from the previous year. CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro announced the forecast in his opening remarks today at the 2013 International CES®, the world’s largest annual innovation event.
“Innovation fuels our economy and allows us to further economic growth and create jobs,” said Shapiro. “There is no better place to see innovation than at the International CES, and the products on display this week will propel the CE industry to record levels in 2013.”
Mobile connected devices continue to drive industry growth:
Tablet computing will continue double-digit growth in 2013. Unit sales of tablets are projected to reach 116 million this year, up 45 percent from 2012, when 80 million tablets were sold to dealers. Industry revenues for tablets are expected to surpass $37 billion this year, up from $31 billion in 2012.
There are a number of bright spots within the television category that are helping drive overall industry growth, despite total unit sales of displays falling slightly in 2013. Both unit sales and revenues for LCD displays are projected to increase this year. A record-high 30.4 million LCD TVs are expected to ship to dealers in 2013, resulting in more than $15 billion in revenue. Innovations within the display category continue to grow. Sales of TV sets with 3D functionality are projected to increase 39 percent to more than 5.7 million units in 2013. Internet-connected displays will also see strong growth this year, with unit sales reaching 12.3 million, up from 9.2 million in 2012.
Elsewhere in the industry, a number of other categories are expected to see growth in 2013, including:
Audio: Soundbar shipments are projected to increase 22 percent to 2.2 million units.
The U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecast 2008-2013 (January 2013) is published twice a year, in January and July. It was designed and formulated by CEA, the most comprehensive source of sales data, forecasts, consumer research and historical trends for the consumer electronics industry.
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