CELL PHONES DOWN, SMART PHONES UP

Consumer purchases of personal computers are expected to decline 39 percent this year, according to a survey from consulting firm, Accenture. Purchases of cell phones (not counting smartphones) will decline by 56 percent. But purchases of 3D televisions are expected to rise 500 percent; tablet computers 160 percent; eBooks readers 133 percent; and smartphones 26 percent.

Accenture’s annual survey focused on 19 different gadgets used by more than 8,000 urban-area consumers in Brazil, China, India, Russia, France, Germany, Japan and the United States. Ninety-three percent of the respondents owned a computer—a higher proportion than any of the 19 other technologies included in the survey. But measured by growth rate, the PC market has reached a level of saturation and will continue to see smaller growth rates.

Chinese consumers were among the most enthusiastic purchasers and users of the latest consumer technologies. More than half (53 percent) of Chinese respondents own a smartphone compared to one-third of U.S. respondents.

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