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NPD Group

Xbox 360 crushes PlayStation 3, Wii in November sales

December 12th, 2011

Sales of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game console trounced the competition in November, nearly doubling PlayStation 3 sales and sales of Nintendo’s Wii console. According to November sales data from leading market research firm The NPD Group, Microsoft sold 1.7 million Xbox 360 consoles in November. While Sony managed unit sales growth of about 70% year-over-year, the …

Popularity of video calling set to explode, NPD says

December 1st, 2011

Video calling has been extremely slow to catch on, but adoption is finally set to explode according to a recent forecast from NPD Group-owned market research firm In-Stat. According to the firm’s figures, 63 million people could be counted as active video calling users in 2010. In 2015, that number is expected to balloon to …

Aging iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS still best-selling phones in Q3

November 14th, 2011

Despite the huge variety of new smartphones released since the previous two generations of iPhone were first unveiled, Apple’s devices still managed to top the list of best-selling phones in the U.S. last quarter. According to new data released by market research firm The NPD Group on Monday, Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS were …

Smartphone owners say security is a concern, but few take precautions

September 22nd, 2011

While smartphone owners say they are concerned about security threats, few actually do anything to secure their devices according to new data from The NPD Group. Focusing on owners of Apple’s iPhone and various Android phones, NPD’s “Emerging Technology Trends: Mobile Security” report found that security concerns are common among smartphone users. For example, 43% …

Microsoft’s Windows Phone poised to strip share from Android

September 20th, 2011

Android’s continued dominance in the smartphone space is anything but guaranteed according to a recent survey conducted by market research firm The NPD Group. And it’s not just Apple’s iPhone that is drawing consumer attention away from Android according to the firm, it’s Microsoft’s emerging Windows Phone platform as well. “The Android juggernaut continues, and …

Many consumers still unwilling to buy electronics online

September 17th, 2011

The advent of online shopping changed the retail industry forever, but many consumers are still not willing to shop for consumer electronics online despite potential cost savings. New data from market research firm The NPD Group shows that while nearly two-thirds of U.S. consumers use the Internet to research consumer electronics purchases, only about half …

Back-to-school notebook PC sales beat expectations

September 16th, 2011

Sales of notebook computers during the back-to-school rush this year beat expectations, new data from market research firm NPD Group found. While sales of Windows laptops continued to slide compared to last year, the decline was significantly less severe than in the first half of the year according to NPD. Windows notebook sales between July …

U.S. video game sales slide 23% in August

September 9th, 2011

Sales of video game hardware, software and accessories in the United States continued to slide in August according to new data from NPD Group, again dipping more than 20% compared to the same period last year. Overall industry sales slid 23% to $669.9 million last month from $873.8 million in August 2010. Hardware sales were …