IFA: Emerging Countries Provide Growth
Sales of consumer electronics are expected to remain relatively flat in the U.S. and Western Europe during the next year, while emerging countries will provide growth opportunities in many of the major categories.
That was one of the overall takeaways from the IFA Global Press Conference, a preview to the annual IFA consumer electronics in Berlin, Aug. 31 to Sept. 5. The show's organizers also said manufacturers and CE retailers worldwide are striving to return to profitability by focusing on the value of products as opposed to discounted prices, much as they are in the U.S.
Here's a look at some of the major statistics, trends and issues that will continue to impact CE manufacturers and retailers worldwide during the next 12 months.