This quarterly global snapshot of activity in the technology sector highlights trends, business challenges and opportunities. In this edition we review the second calendar quarter of 2014.
Overall, solid results were posted by most sectors though challenging market conditions continue to impact computer, communications and EMS companies.
Cloud and mobile applications continue to grow, with data analytics rapidly becoming a force of its own. Internet and Software subsectors, and to a lesser degree Semiconductor, are the beneficiaries.
A new milestone was reached in Q2’14 for worldwide smartphone shipments. Vendors shipped a total of 301.3 million smartphones worldwide in Q2’14, up 25.3% from the 240.5 million units shipped in Q2’13.1
After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in Q2’14. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8 million units, a 0.1% increase from Q2’13.2
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