Global tablet sales jumped 50% in 2013: Survey
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Global sales of tablet computers surged 50.6 per cent last year, with Apple clinging to the top vendor spot amid strong gains by rivals, a survey showed on Wednesday.
International Data Corp. (IDC) said worldwide tablet shipments totaled 217.1 million, up from 144.2 million in 2012.
IDC said Apple's iPad is increasing sales but slower than the overall market, and that growth rates are tapering off in the big markets like the United States.
"It's becoming increasingly clear that markets such as the US are reaching high levels of consumer saturation and while emerging markets continue to show strong growth this has not been enough to sustain the dramatic worldwide growth rates of years past," said IDC analyst Tom Mainelli.