As Sony officially ends production of the PlayStation 2 and all eyes shift towards the two big next-generation game consoles expected to be announced and possibly made available before the end of the year, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720, Sony's current console, the PlayStation 3, is making headlines of its own.
This may sound a little shocking at first but in the days immediately after Christmas Apple's share of the tablet market actually fell by 7.1%. This is, however, a sign that the tablet market is maturing rather than any beginning of the end predictions for Apple.
Apple's physical retail stores perform better than any other. In fact, Apple's performance, measured in annual sales per square foot, is 17 times higher than the average retailer and twice as efficient as its nearest rival.
Sony has announced that 3.9 million PlayStation 3 consoles were sold worldwide over the Christmas sales season, with the company well on track to reaching its 15 million unit annual sales target in the fiscal year ending this March.
Even as rumours of Microsoft's next generation console (dubbed the Xbox 720 by some) release in late 2012 gather momentum, Xbox 360 sales have never been better, selling some 1.7 million units in the United States last month alone.
Amazon has reportedly increased its Kindle Fire order to five million units by the end of 2011 as pre-orders continue to be stronger than expected. Amazon had already last month increased its order from 3.5 million to four million units.
Online conversions rates among UK shoppers are down almost 55% in the past five years, according to the latest IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index. In 2006 the average online conversion rate was 8.4%, but this figure has steadily declined to 3.8% in 2011 as consumers shift from 'online purchasing' to 'online shopping'.