Consumer Electronics

Optus boosted by customer growth

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

New customers spending more on data have boosted revenue for Optus, but the telco continues to be outpaced by Telstra.

Australia's second largest telco achieved a 6 percent rise in revenue in the three months to December, as it added 100,000 mobile customers to 8.25 million.

Data revenue rose 12 percent, as more customers moved to the company's 4G network and new handsets, including the iPhone 6, were released.

Samsung loses pole position in India smartphone market to Micromax

The Malaysian Insider

Indian budget smartphone maker Micromax leapfrogged South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to become the leading supplier in India's booming smartphone market for the first time in the fourth quarter, research firm Canalys said.

In a report issued on Tuesday, Canalys said Micromax, based near New Delhi, accounted for 22 percent of smartphone sales in India in the October-December quarter, ahead of Samsung's 20 percent. In total, 21.6 million smartphones were sold in India in the period, a 90 percent surge from a year earlier.

Smartphones boost Indonesian ecommerce


Smartphone shipments to Indonesia will grow 20 percent during 2015 and will give a boost to the country's ecommerce industry, according to a new forecast from research firm IDC. Some 24.8 million smartphones were shipped in 2014.

JB Hi-Fi expects flat year as first-half profit dips

The Sydney Morning Herald Online

Shares in JB Hi-Fi have risen more than 3 percent after the Australian consumer electronics retailer reported a 1.9 percent fall in first-half net profit to AUD88.5 million (USD68.8m) and confirmed flat earnings for the full year.

Chief executive Richard Murray reaffirmed guidance for full-year sales of AUD3.6 billion after the retailer posted stronger sales growth in the December quarter and a surge in sales in January.

Apple becomes top smartphone vendor in China

Shanghai Daily

Apple Inc.became the top smartphone vendor by units in the Chinese market for the first time in the fourth quarter, even as the average iPhone price is double the average price of the market, US-based research firm Canalys said Wednesday.


Apple's growth in China: As good as it gets?


China was a knockout success for Apple in the fourth quarter where demand for its latest iPhones propelled a 70 percent on-year rise in revenue, and analysts are now tipping the first quarter to be even better.

Gift-buying in the lead up to Chinese New Year holiday, which falls on 19-20 February, will likely drive iPhone sales even higher this quarter, say analysts. The first quarter is typically the strongest for smartphone sales in the mainland due to the holiday season.

Apple’s iPhone is closing in on Samsung smartphone sales

The Wall Street Journal Online

Strong sales of Apple Inc.’s new iPhones are pushing the company close to rival Samsung Electronics Co. as the world’s top seller of smartphones.

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Thailand's Central buys 49pc stake in Vietnamese electrical appliance chain

Bangkok Post

Central Group, Thailand's biggest retail conglomerate, has announced the purchase of 49 percent of Vietnamese electrical appliance chain Nguyen Kim to hasten its retail expansion in ASEAN.

"After combining the sales of Central's Power Buy and Nguyen Kim, we'll become a strong market leader in the electrical appliance business in Southeast Asia," said Sa-angtip Amornchat, vice-president for marketing at Power Buy Ltd.

China buying more iPhones than US


Apple is expected to say this week that it has sold more iPhones in China than on its home turf in the US for the first time last year, highlighting the shifting power balance of the smartphone market.

Analysts estimate that the US tech group reached the turning point in iPhone sales after expanding its presence in China last year via a deal with China Mobile, the country's largest network operator, and after the release of the latest iPhone 6 in the country in October.

Apple will open 5 new stores in China before Chinese New Year

Red Luxury

Apple is continuing its aggressive retail expansion into the Middle Kingdom, with plans to open 5 new Apple stores in China in the early days of 2015. Prior to Spring Festival, the company has reportedly said it will open 5 new retail shops, including the new store in Zhengzhou that opened earlier this month. The next one on the list will be in Hangzhou, where doors will open at Apple’s new West Lake store on 24 January.


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