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Infonetics on Home Networking

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Infonetics on Home Networking

According to Infonetics Research multiscreen video is an important networking industry driver, pushing global H1 2013 home networking device revenues worth $5.4 billion with 6% Y-o-Y growth.

“Like broadband CPE, home networking devices continue to grow as fixed broadband subscribers increase around the globe," the analyst says. "The types of services being delivered over data networks are growing as well, with the most important being multiscreen video.”

W. European and N. American operators distribute video around the home through higher-end gateways and STBs packing both wired and wireless technology. These in turn drive a secondary market of MoCA STBs and HomePlug adapters connecting TVs, Blu-ray player, game consoles and a growing peripheral ecosystem to home networks.

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GfK on Europe's Purchasing Power

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GfK on Europe's Purchasing Power

The European continent sees a stark divide when it comes to average purchasing power GfK reports, as the spectrum ranges from 4.5 times the European average in Liechtenstein to one-tenth the average in Moldova.

According to the analyst approximately €8.62 trillion worth of spending and saving money is available to consumers from 41 European countries in 2013, making average per-capita purchasing power of €12890. However "considerable discrepancies" remain-- from €58844 per-capita in Liechtenstein to just €1848 in Moldova.

The analyst defines purchasing power as "the money available to consumers for all expenditures related to food, accommodation and services as well as consumer purchases." Arguably the inhabitants of more affluent countries devote large portions of income on essentials such as rent and higher living costs, but they still retain more money for non-essential purchases than consumers with lower purchasing power.

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IHS: Smartphones, Tablet Revenues to Exceed All CE

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IHS: Smartphones, Tablet Revenues to Exceed All CE

Combined 2013 global factory revenues for smartphones and tablets are to grow larger than revenues for the entire CE market IHS forecasts-- a first in what the analyst says is a "dramatic sign" of rapidly changing consumer tastes.

According to IHS 2013 WW tablet and smartphone revenues will total $354.3 billion, 3% more than the $344.4bn factory revenue for the CE market covering anything from TVs and audio equipment to cameras, game consoles and home appliances.

As recently as 2012 the CE dwarfed mobile devices by 30%.

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Gartner: "Lower-Priced Devices Drive Growth"

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Global combined PC, tablet and mobile device shipments are to reach 2.32 billion with 4.5% growth according to Gartner, with a shift to lower-priced devices across all categories driving the market.

As we all know, traditional (desktop and notebook) PC shipments are forecast to drop by -11.2% to 303m units, while the overall PC market (including ultramobiles) is to decline by 8.4%.

Mobile phone volume is to reach over 1.8bn units with 3.7% growth, while tablet shipments are to reach 184m units with 53.4% growth. When it comes to tablets, Gartner confirms the "smaller is better" maxim-- according to a recent international consumer study the average tablet display sizes stands at the 8.3-9.5 inch range, with 45% of 21500 surveyed consumers owning a tablet 8-inch or less in size.

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GfK: EU Crisis is (Hopefully) Over

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GfK: EU Crisis is (Hopefully) Over

Across Europe hopes are on the rise as the worst of the crisis appears to be finally over, GfK reports-- a number of countries show "considerable" growth in some areas during Q2 2013, while the downward trend shows slowdown in others.

The findings come from the GfK Consumer Climate Europe survey covering the economic development, income expectations and willingness to buy among consumers in 14 European countries.

Overall the EU economy registered 0.4% Q-o-Q growth during Q2 2012, with "Considerable" increases in France, Germany, Portugal and the UK and at least "slight" recovery in the still-shrinking Spanish and Italian economies.

French foreign trade deficit declined significantly, Greece managed to achieve a positive trade balance, and unemployment declined for the first time in 2 years in Portugal.

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