MacBook sales in the U.S. fell 6% during the holidays, Windows laptops were down 11%

Retailers offered heavy discounts on laptops from various manufacturers over Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Thanksgiving Day, but it wasn’t enough to entice consumers. According to numbers from NPD Group, overall sales of consumer electronics during the holiday season dropped 7% from November 18th through December 22nd. The hype around the launch of Windows 8 did little to boost sales, with notebook purchases falling 11% year-over-year and holiday revenue dipping 10.5%. The low-end market was hit even harder, with sales of laptops priced under $ 500 falling by 16% as the market transitions to a post-PC world. “Consumer electronics remain trapped in a weak product cycle,” said Stephen Baker, vice president, industry analysis at NPD. “Despite undeniable success in segments like

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