There are 22 mln U.S. millionaires, Credit Suisse estimates, up from fewer than 15 mln in 2014.
About 3.2% of all US retail online sales came from digital subscriptions to physical products and their accompanying services in 2021, for a total of $29.11 bln, according to Insider Intelligence. That is up from 2.9% in 2020 and 2.8% in 2019.
In 2019 around 59 mln Americans had brokerage accounts. This number has surged since to 95 mln, as 17 mln new accounts were opened in 2020 and 20 mln were set up in 2021. Retail trading went from around 25% of volumes to 33% in early 2020 and peaked at over 40% in Q1 2021.
The number of gamers worldwide will exceed 3 bln by 2023. The global games market will generate revenues of $159.3 bln in 2020, a +9.3% YTYr increase. Markets in the Asia-Pacific region will generate $78.4 bln in 2020, up +9.3% YTY.
Buy online / pickup in store maintained a year-over-year growth of 195% in May 2020, leveling off after the sharp upward trajectory seen in March 2020 and early April 2020. According to Adobe survey of 1,000 consumers, 23% of online shoppers said they prefer buying online and picking up in store or curbside over in-home delivery. US online grocery daily sales saw a 14% decrease in May 2020, while consumer electronics daily sales were up 11%. Daily online apparel sales increased by 12% in May 2020 as prices remained low after dropping heavily in April 2020.
Access to news continues to become more distributed. Across all countries, 28% prefer to start their news journeys with a website or app. Those aged 18–24 have an even weaker connection with websites and apps and are more than twice as likely to prefer to access news via social media. Across age groups, use of Instagram for news has doubled since 2018 and looks likely to overtake Twitter over the next year. To counter the move to various platforms, publishers have been looking to build direct connections with consumers via email and mobile alerts. In the United States 21% access a news email weekly, and for almost half of these it is their primary way of accessing news. Northern European countries have been much slower to adopt email news channels, with only 10% using email news in Finland.
The proportion using podcasts has grown significantly in the last year, though coronavirus lockdowns may have temporarily reversed this trend. Across countries, 50% of respondents say that podcasts provide more depth and understanding than other types of media. Meanwhile, Spotify has become the number one destination for podcasts in a number of markets, overtaking Apple’s podcast app.
80% of US TV households have at least one Internet-connected TV device, including connected Smart TVs, stand-alone streaming devices (like Roku, Amazon Fire TV stick or set-top box, Chromecast, or Apple TV), connected video game systems, and/or connected Blu-ray players.
This is an increase from 74% with at least one connected TV device in 2018, 57% in 2015, and 24% in 2010, says Leichtman Research.
Overall, 40% of adults in U.S. TV households watch video on a TV via a connected device daily – compared to 29% in 2018, 12% in 2015, and 1% in 2010.
Older individuals use connected TV devices less often than others. Among all adults ages 55+, 18% watch video on a TV via a connected device daily –compared to 48% of ages 35-54 and 55% of ages 18-34.
Among those with any connected TV device, 64% have three or more devices – with a mean of 4.1 devices per connected TV household.
58% of TV households have at least one connected Smart TV–up from 47% in 2018, 22% in 2015, and 8% in 2010.
56% of TV households have at least one stand-alone streaming device –up from 46% in 2018, 23% in 2015, and 3% in 2011.
On a daily basis, 25% of adults watch video on a TV via a stand-alone device, 20% via an Internet-enabled Smart TV app, 11% via a connected game system, and 3% via a connected Blu-ray player.
62% of 4K HDTV owners agree that the picture quality makes everything look better, even when not watching 4K content, while 6% disagree.
Sony’s PS4 has sold 100 mln units, making it the fastest-selling console to hit that number. It hit the 100 mln figure in 5 years and 7 months, 2 months quicker than Nintendo’s Wii.
Global online music streaming subscriptions grew 32% year-over-year reaching 358 mln subscriptions in 2019, according to Counterpoint Research. Spotify topped 2019 grabbing a 31% share of the total revenue and a 35% share of the total paid subscriptions. Apple Music followed with a 24% share of total revenues in the industry and a 19% share of the total paid subscriptions. Due to Apple’s high focus on its services segment which includes Apple Music, its subscription base grew 36% in 2019. Amazon Music subscriptions reached a 15% share in 2019 compared to 10% in 2018.
Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will more than double over the 2019-2023 forecast period, according to IDC. With a CAGR of 22.3%, public cloud spending is forecast to grow from $229 bln in 2019 to reach nearly $500 bln in 2023.
IaaS spending, comprised of servers and storage devices, will be the fastest growing category of cloud spending with a five-year CAGR of 32%. Platform as a service (PaaS) spending will grow nearly as fast (29.9% CAGR) led by purchases of data management software, application platforms, and integration and orchestration middleware.
US advertisers spent $479.1 mln advertising on podcasts in 2018, up 53% from about $313.9 mln in 2017, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC. Podcast advertising is expected to rise to $678.7 mln in 2019. Marketers are projected to spend about $70.83 bln on US TV advertising in 2019 and about $129.34 bln on digital advertising, according to eMarketer.
Dynamically inserted ads comprised 48.8% of podcast ads sold in 2018, up from 41.7% in 2017.
Grocery delivery is accounting for less than 2% of 2016’s $715 bln in food-retail sales, according to Technomic Inc. Amazon already makes up more than half of online food orders through its Fresh, Prime and Prime Now services.
Worldwide industrial semiconductor revenues grew by 18% YTY in 2014, according to IHS Inc. Global industrial semiconductor revenue in 2014 totaled $40.4 bln, up from $34.3 bln in 2013. The YTY increase follows solid growth of 13% in 2013, a decline of 3% in 2012 and 12% growth in 2011. The strong performance achieved in 2014 represents the highest annual growth rate, since the 36% boom in 2010.
Optical Semiconductor delivered the strongest performance, thanks to the continued strength of the LED market. The highest semiconductor device absolute revenue growth from 2014 to 2019 will come from LEDs, which is expected to grow from $6.3 bln to $12.6 bln—stemming from the global general lighting LED lighting boom, with most countries banning incandescent bulbs in 2014. Discrete power transistors, thyristors, rectifier and power diodes are expected to grow from $6 bln to $7.3 bln, due to the policy shift toward energy efficiency. Microcontrollers (MCUs) are also expected to experience robust growth in the long-term, growing from $4.3 bln to $5.8 bln, because of advances in power efficiency and integration features. Out of more than 27 semiconductor segments, 26 achieved increased YTY growth in 2014. All 7 major semiconductor components grew last year, led by optical,analog integrated circuits (ICs), logic ICs, discretes, microcomponent ICs, memory ICs, and sensors and actuators. Both analog ICs and logic application-specific ICs achieved the strongest turnaround in growth, moving from relatively flat growth in 2013 to over 20% growth last year.
HostAdvice published its survey on the most popular Web hosts by the number of clients world wide.
Most of the popular hosts are headquartered in the US, with Germany and China being distant followers.
The national health insurance brokerage market is worth $18 billion.
Wi-Fi network use will nearly double in homes around the world come 2016, according to Strategy Analytics. Already used in some 439 mln households worldwide, equivalent to 25% of all households, Wi-Fi home network penetration will expand to 42%, reaching nearly 800 mln by 2016.
The number of cell phone subscriptions grew 20.7 mln in January and February 2012 to reach just over 1 bln, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said, up from 900.4 mln in April 2011. The number of fixed line subscriptions fell by 828,000 during that period to reach 284.3 mln. Of the more than 1 bln accounts, a total of 144 mln used 3G technology.
Almost half (49.7%) of US mobile subscribers now own smartphones, as of February 2012. According to Nielsen, this marks an increase of 38% YTY; in February 2011, only 36% of mobile subscribers owned smartphones. This growth is driven by increasing smartphone adoption, as more than two-thirds of those who acquired a new mobile device in the last three months chose a smartphone over a feature phone.
Overall, Android continues to lead the smartphone market in the U.S., with 48% of smartphone owners saying they owned an Android OS device. Nearly a third (32.1%) of smartphone users have an Apple iPhone, and Blackberry owners represented another 11.6% of the smartphone market. Among recent acquirers who got their smartphone within the last three months, 48% of those surveyed in February said they chose an Android and 43% bought an iPhone.
The universe of smart connected devices, including PCs, media tablets, and smartphones, saw shipments of more than 916 mln units and revenues surpassing $489 bln dollars in 2011, according to IDC. Unit shipments for smart connected devices should top 1.1 bln worldwide in 2012. By 2016, IDC predicts shipments will reach 1.84 bln units, more than double the 2011 figure, as consumers and business of all shapes and sizes around the world are showing a nearly insatiable appetite for smart connected devices. This works out to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.4% for the five-year forecast period.
In August 2009, 276.9 mln people used email across the US, several European countries, Australia and Brazil, according to Nielsen, up 21% from 229.2 mln in August 2008.
Smartphone sales will surpass worldwide PC sales by the end of 2011, RBC says. Global mobile phone sales totalled 286.1 mln units in Q2 2009, a 6.1% decrease from Q2 2008, according to Gartner. However, smartphone sales surpassed 40 mln units, a 27% increase from Q2 2007, representing the fastest-growing segment of the mobile-devices market.
57% of TV viewers in the US who have Internet access use both mediums at the same time at least once a month. That translates to more than 128 mln US consumers. Average TV viewer who uses the Internet simultaneously does that for 2 hours and 40 minutes a month, and that 28% of the time they are on the Web at home, they are also watching television, Nielsen said.
Forrester Research expects $115.6 bln will be spent for travel online in the US alone in 2009, and that number is expected to jump to $157.8 bln by 2013.
According to Mobile Entertainment Forum, the global mobile entertainment industry is now worth some $32 bln. According to KPMG, the industry also remains confident that it can continue to grow strongly despite the current economic challenges, predicting average revenue growth of 28% for 2010.
The market of mobile financial services to poor people in emerging markets will surge from nothing to $5 bln in 2012, CGAP said.