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October 22, 2014

Apple Earnings Review: iPhone’s Stellar Performance

Weeteck_looAnalyst Insight by Wee Tek Loo - Head of Consumer Electronics Research

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Apple Inc has announced the financial results for its fourth quarter (ending 27 September 2014), where the company posted quarterly revenue of US$42.1 billion and net profit of US$8.5 billion. Apple also provided a bullish guidance for its fiscal 2015 first quarter results.

iPhone - stellar performance amidst China’s woes

In this quarter, Apple reported that it sold 39.3 million iPhones, of which 10 million were new iPhone 6 phones, sold in the first three days of sales.  Euromonitor International expects the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones to propel the company’s sales to more than 181 million units in 2015, a staggering 9% growth over 2014.

China is the world’s largest smartphone market, with close to 30% of all smartphone global sales in 2014 coming from the Middle Kingdom. Critically, China Mobile, the world’s largest telco, is selling iPhones to its 288 million mobile subscribers, of which 41 million are on the high speed 4G. That said, Apple faces an uphill battle in China with local manufacturers like Lenovo, ZTE and XiaoMi and Apple’s global foe, Samsung currently dominating. China remains a key market to help drive future growth for Apple, with sales of its iPhone range expected to exceed 20 million units in 2015 and in particular, where demand for larger screens phones is rising fast.

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October 11, 2014

Technology Trends, September 2014

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With Pavel Marceux, Technology, Communications and Media Specialist

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In the first edition of this monthly tech trends podcast, Pavel discusses the Alibaba IPO, Google's monopoly case in Europe and Apple's move into mobile payments.

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October 8, 2014

HP Split: Double the Trouble

Weeteck_looAnalyst Insight by Loo Wee Teck - Head of Consumer Electronics Research

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Hewlett-Packard Development Co LP (HP) announced on Monday (6 October) that it plans to separate into two new public companies: Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.

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October 2, 2014

Smartwatches Not Ready to Take on the Traditional Watch

Sulabh MadhwalAnalyst Insight by Sulabh Madhwal - Personal Accessories and Eyewear Analyst

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Although smartwatches only started seeing increased retail activity in 2013, it has already become a crowded category as of September 2014. Pebble, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Apple are among the electronics players which have announced new smartwatches in 2014, while watch conglomerates Timex, Fossil and Swatch will join them in 2014 or 2015. However, current product avatars of any brand listed above are unlikely to challenge the global growth of traditional watches for the following reasons.

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October 1, 2014

Wearable Devices: The Future of Consumer Electronics and Health and Wellness

As consumers look for more personalization in their diet and wellness plans, they are turning to digital health products like apps and wearable electronics. Passive wearable electronics, including fitness trackers like FitBit and Jawbone, are one of the fastest growing categories in consumer electronics. Additionally, many nutrient-restrictive diets like gluten-free, lactose-free and FODMAP have apps tailored to guiding consumers through their daily food intake.

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Diana.cowlandDiana Cowland - Senior Health and Wellness Analyst

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MykolaGolovkoMykola Golovko - Senior Consumer Electronics Analyst

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September 12, 2014

IFA 2014: Flagship Smartphones Aplenty but is Anyone Buying?

Weeteck_looAnalyst Insight by Loo Wee Teck - Head of Consumer Electronics Research

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Manufacturers were rushing to showcase their flagship smartphones at the IFA trade show in Berlin, ahead of Apple Inc’s event on 9 September. Samsung Corp showed the fourth generation of its mammoth Note family and Sony Corp introduced the Xperia Z3 (third generation) of its waterproof smartphone range. Almost all flagship smartphones are supporting the following

  1. 64-bit architecture
  2. LTE-Advanced
  3. Quad HD screens 

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September 11, 2014

The Impact of the Indian Budget on Consumer Goods and Services

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The Union Budget of India for 2014-2015, presented on July 10 has an impact on almost every area of consumer goods and services in the country. Research analysts from Euromonitor International’s office in Bangalore, India respond to the budget in this podcast series.

 

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 Featuring:  Shabori Das - Research Analyst, Ina Dawer, - Senior Research Analyst, Manjunath Reddy - Research Analyst and Priyanshu Rana - Reseach Analyst

Introduction to the Big Indian Budget (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on the Tobacco Market (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Internet Retailing (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Consumer Electronics (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Consumer Finance (mp3

The Indian Budget's Impact on Food and Beverages (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Travel and Tourism (mp3)

The Indian Budget's Impact on Apparel and Footwear (mp3)

Apple Inc Unveils its Most Significant Product Refresh Since the iPad

MykolaGolovkoAnalyst Insight by Mykola Golovko - Senior Consumer Electronics Analyst

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After months of speculation, fuelled by an unusually high number of leaks, Apple Inc has lifted the curtain on the 2014 refresh of its iPhone line, as well as the highly-anticipated Apple Watch and the Apple Pay mobile payment platform. Apple Pay and its prospects are discussed in detail in a separate piece by Michelle Evans, Consumer Finance Senior Analyst. The refresh comes at a crucial time for the company as it is facing a difficult operating environment, with slowing growth in smartphones and tablets, along with intensifying competition. These factors are proving troublesome, even for some of Apple’s largest competitors, but with a strong portfolio of integrated products, backed by an enviable amount of brand equity, Apple Inc looks poised to remain successful, despite diminishing growth prospects in key categories.

Global Retail Volume Sales Growth in Key Categories 2014-2018

Source: Euromonitor International

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September 7, 2014

Rounding Smartwatches Won’t Make Them Mainstream Products

MykolaGolovkoAnalyst Insight by Mykola Golovko - Consumer Electronics Analyst

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Wearable electronics and smartwatches in particular are seen as one of the categories with the greatest potential in consumer electronics, especially as growth in tablets and smartphones slows. But, while passive wearable electronics like fitness bracelets FitBit and Jawbone have been gaining mainstream acceptance in developed markets, more capable and expensive autonomous wearable electronics from Samsung, LG and Sony have failed to gain significant sales in 2014. Much of this has been blamed on the obscure aesthetics of smartwatches, most of which had a rectangular-shaped face. A growing number of manufacturers are hoping that creating a product more closely resembling a watch will drive volume sales. But with software optimised for autonomous wearable electronics still in the early stages of development, making these devices useful and driving sales will be difficult in the short run.

Global Volume Sales of Autonomous Wearable Electronics

Source: Euromonitor International

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August 30, 2014

Shrinking Phone Sales Bring Familiar Problems to the Forefront at Samsung Corp

MykolaGolovkoAnalyst Insight by Mykola Golovko - Senior Consumer Electronics Analyst

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Along with Apple Inc, Samsung Corp has long been the envy of the consumer electronics industry. The company’s success with its Galaxy line of Android smartphones has eaten into the fortunes of once dominant players like HTC Corp. But the latest quarterly earnings confirmed that Samsung Corp’s reliance on mobile revenue and profit is a significant risk. Revenue declined 8.9% and profit fell 24% year on year in the second quarter of 2014. The fall was largely due to deteriorating operating conditions in the smartphone market, which was the focal point of my discussion of the company’s earnings forecast on CNBC’s Worldwide Exchange. Samsung’s main challenge is that outside of smartphones it has few other sources of profitability. 

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Apple Earnings Review: iPhone’s Stellar Performance

Technology Trends, September 2014

HP Split: Double the Trouble

Smartwatches Not Ready to Take on the Traditional Watch

Wearable Devices: The Future of Consumer Electronics and Health and Wellness

IFA 2014: Flagship Smartphones Aplenty but is Anyone Buying?

The Impact of the Indian Budget on Consumer Goods and Services

Apple Inc Unveils its Most Significant Product Refresh Since the iPad

Rounding Smartwatches Won’t Make Them Mainstream Products

Shrinking Phone Sales Bring Familiar Problems to the Forefront at Samsung Corp