Retailers to Miss Tablet Party

Published on October 26, 2011
by Miguel Bustillo

Chain stores will likely miss out on their usual share of “hot gadget” sales this holiday season as most consumers opt to buy top-selling tablets directly from Apple Inc. and Inc. instead of from big retailers.

That is bad news for companies such as Best Buy Co., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Staples Inc., all of which are counting on tablets and e-readers to lure shoppers in to their brick-and-mortar stores.

Retailers see the devices as their best weapon against falling television prices and a lack of exciting new gadgets this Christmas season. They plan to offer a broad range of tablets and e-readers for consumers to comparison shop in stores.

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