How Consumer-Electronics Makers are Faring
Makers and sellers of consumer-electronics devices have begun releasing their earnings reports for the latest quarter. Here's a look at selected companies that report unit sales on phones, tablet computers and other devices.
Some companies including Samsung Electronics Co. do not release data on unit sales.
— Oct. 18: Microsoft Corp. says it shipped 1.7 million Xbox 360 consoles during the latest quarter, down 26 percent from 2.3 million a year earlier.
Nokia Corp. says sales of smartphones dropped 63 percent to 6.3 million in the quarter, from 16.8 million a year earlier, while volume sales of cellphones fell 22 percent to 83 million from 107 million a year earlier. Sales of its flagship Lumia phones — its first Windows-based devices launched a year ago — dropped to 2.9 million units from 4 million in the previous quarter. Nokia didn't say when and where the new Lumia 920 and 820 will be launched, except that it will be in "selective" markets during the current quarter.
— Oct. 24: AT&T Inc. says it activated 4.7 million iPhones in the quarter, but only 18 percent went to new subscribers, the lowest number yet.
Nintendo Co. says it sold 1.32 million Wii game consoles during the six months ending in September, a sharp drop from 3.35 million a year earlier. Nintendo is releasing a new version, Wii U, in November. Sales are likely to pick up then, as it's the first major new game console from anyone in years. Nintendo says it expects to sell 5.5 million Wii U consoles for the year through March 2013 and 24 million units of Wii U game software.
— Oct. 25: Apple Inc. says it sold 26.9 million iPhones during the quarter, up 58 percent from a year earlier. It sold 14 million iPads, up 26 percent, 4.9 million Mac computers, up 1 percent, and 5.3 million iPods, down 19 percent.
— Oct. 30: TomTom says it sold 2.6 million personal navigation devices in Europe in the quarter, down from 3 million a year ago. It sold 1.5 million in North America, down from 1.9 million.
— Oct. 31: Garmin Ltd. says it sold 3.7 million devices in the third quarter, 7 percent more than a year ago.
— Nov. 1: Sony Corp. says it sold 3.5 million PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 consoles, compared with 4.9 million a year ago. It sold 1.6 million portable PlayStation units in the recent quarter, compared with 1.7 million a year ago. Sony sold 8.8 million smartphones in the quarter. A year ago, that business was part of a joint venture.
— Nov. 20: Hewlett-Packard Co. says unit sales of desktops and laptops were both down 12 percent. Commercial printers were down 15 percent, while consumer printers were down 22 percent.
— Dec. 20: Research In Motion Ltd.