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134% volume growth and 80% value growth boosts the wider industry

GfK: Tablets lead IT retail to growth

Figures from GfK have shown that the IT retail market grew by 1.3 per cent in October, boosted primarily by the tablet sector.

According to the analyst, tablets saw 124 per cent growth in volume and 80 per cent growth in value year-on-year, and with no sign of saturation, this growth is forecast to continue.

In addition, there are now 45 per cent more brands competing in that sector than in the same period last year, which has lead to 156% growth in the number of available devices.

However, this has had an effect on other product categories. Notebooks sales declined by 18 per cent and are now falling behind sales of tablets by 28 per cent in volume terms.

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