Handhelds Show Strong Holiday Growth
With the slowing world economy and the recession in the U.S., demand for handhelds has dropped. This has made this holiday season especially critical for the handheld industry. So far, sales are strong. Figures from NPD Intellect on retail sales for the week ending November 23, which contains Thanksgiving and the official beginning of the holiday shopping season, show handheld sales up 103% in revenue and 98% up in unit sales from the previous week.
Palm was the big winner with a 166% increase in sales, going from $6.4 million to $17.1 million. Sales of the Palm Vx increased an astonishing 1178% from the previous week. (No, that's not a typo. 1178%)
Handspring Visor sales grow 9% with unit sales up 27%. This reflects recent price drops and holiday specials Handspring is offering to increase sales. These are increasing units sold but having a smaller effect on revenue.
Sony saw a 61% increase in revenue during this week with a 78% increase in unit sales. This was the first week the PEG-T415 was available.
Sales of Compaq's iPaq grew 50% while unit sales increased 46%.
These figures are in comparison with the previous week's, which itself saw strong growth. Unit sales of handhelds that week were up 20% from the previous week's and up more than 30% from the same week last year.
All three of the big Palm OS manufacturers are offering holiday deals to spur sales. Palm itself is offering a free 16 MB SD card with the purchase of a m500 series or m125. Handspring has reduced the Visor Deluxe to just $130, a $40 savings. They are also offering various freebies with a handheld purchase. Sony is offering a free 32 MB Memory Stick for those who buy a N or T series Clié. It is also offering a leather case to N series buyers
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