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Smartphone sales drop for the first time ever

2017 may have been a record year for smartphone sellers, but the market is weakening: for the first time since 2004, there were fewer smartphone sales in the fourth quarter.

Merger paid off for Fnac Darty

French entertainment and electronics retailer Fnac Darty (owner of Belgian chain Vanden Borre and Dutch BCC) has experienced a “solid 2017”, with a nearly 40 % turnover increase.

Ceconomy finds growth online

Ceconomy, Media Markt and Saturn’s parent company, revealed a small turnover growth for its first quarter, thanks to improved online sales. Expectedly, its profit did drop.

Insurance company becomes second largest Fnac-Darty shareholder

There has been yet another thorough shake-up among Fnac Darty’s shareholders. The merger company, which owns Belgian electronics chain Vanden Borre and Dutch retailer BCC, will now welcome insurance company SFAM, after it bought investment fund Knight Vinke’s shares.

Record profit for Apple despite disappointing sales

Apple broke its turnover and profit records in the first quarter of its fiscal year, which ended on 30 December 2017. Nevertheless, there are unfavourable signals, because iPhone sales were below expectations.

Computer chips reason for Samsung's record profit

Korean technology company Samsung’s fourth quarter resulted in a record profit, mainly thanks its chip division, where prices remain sky high.

Scottish store "fires" Pepper robot

An Edinburgh-based store of British chain Margiotta halted its Pepper robot experiment after merely a week, because its customers apparently found it too confusing.

Ceconomy issues profit alert for first quarter

Media Markt and Saturn’s parent company, Ceconomy, issued an alert warning it would probably have weaker first quarter results.

Samsung targets record fourth quarter profit

Korean technology firm Samsung has released preliminary quarterly results indicating it forecasts record profits in 2017’s fourth quarter. Nevertheless, it does not seem it can live up to analysts' expectations.

MediaMarkt's co-founder passed away

Erich Kellerhals, co-founder of electronics chain MediaMarkt, has died on Christmas day, aged 78. The German laid the foundation for one of the world’s largest electronics chains in 1979.

Media Markt's parent company thrives thanks to online

Media Markt and Saturn’s new parent company, CECONOMY, has performed well in its fiscal year 2016/2017. Its 1.3 % turnover increase was largely thanks to improved online sales.

Carrefour and Fnac Darty consider purchase alliance

Supermarket firm Carrefour and electronics seller Fnac Darty are considering an alliance for their electronics acquisitions. The combination could lower purchase prices.

Media Saturn launches a first, fully virtual shopping world

Saturn customers can use their own VR goggles to see products in two virtual environments. It is not yet possible to actually buy something in VR however.

Pieter Haas, CEO Ceconomy: "We sell the consumer a digital life"

MediaMarkt’s parent company, Ceconomy, has the key to consolidate the European electronics industry even more. The retailer will sell services and solutions: “We help people make the right decisions.”

Ceconomy continues growth in transitional year

Ceconomy, a former part of German Metro Group, achieved a 4.6 % fourth quarter turnover increase to 5.264 billion euro. Media Market’s parent company mainly made strides online.

Fnac Darty grew 6 % in third quarter

Fnac Darty has raised its third quarter turnover by 6 % to 1.792 billion euro, with growth in the Benelux as well. The company also revealed the integration of both companies is ahead of schedule.

Samsung CEO resigns despite record profit

South Korean Samsung has managed a record profit in its past quarter thanks to strong chip sales. However, one of its three CEO’s still decided to resign.

Fnac-Darty introduces new board

A little more than a year after Fnac and Darty merged and several months after CEO Alexandre Bompard suddenly moved to Carrefour, the French entertainment and electronics group Fnac-Darty introduced its new board.

Twelfth straight quarter of weaker computer sales

Desktop computer sales have slumped once more in the third quarter, down 3.6 %. It is the third straight year of dwindling sales, according to research firm Gartner.

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