Globally, tablets sales fell 18% in 2017, and those of “Smart” phones fell 9%. This is the year we break through.

     

“I could not rest, Watson, I could not sit quiet in my chair, if I thought that such a man as Professor Moriarty were walking the streets of London unchallenged.”

Sherlock Holmes, from “The Final Problem“, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1893

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 8, 2017 – Fossil shares sink after company loss and watch sales drop again

For its wearable technology, Fossil works with Google’s Android platform, but the Apple Watch has by far dominated the market. The company said sales could decline as much as 8.5 percent this year.

 

December 25, 2017 – Smartwatch use continues to decline, eMarketer says – Business Insider

The coming year looks even more dismal for wearables. Now eMarketer predicts use will grow by only 11.9% in 2018 — with that growth rate slowing to single digits in 2019 and beyond.

 

February 13, 2018 – Surprise jump in wearables sales sends Fossil shares soaring | Retail …

 

February 13, 2018 – Fossil’s big bet on smartwatches is helping turn the company around

It’s riding the smart watch wave

The company announced its Q4 earnings, and while the company lost $79.9 million in the quarter, worse than the $49.7 million loss from the same quarter a year ago, sales actually rose 1.1% year-over-year. That sounds small, but Fossil itself expected a sales drop of 1.5 to 6% – and it’s thanks to wearable tech sales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see from the set of quotes immediately above, the folks in charge are not your friends, and are lying to you about basically everything, including smartwatch sales, generally, and sales of Fossil-brand smart watches, specifically.

Actually, they’re moreso luridly-exaggerating than lying, in that they’re calling a 1.1% sales increase at Fossil a “ jump”.

They call it a “surprise jump, because the words “mystery”, “baffled” and “puzzled” are memes, used, among numerous similar variants, whenever anyone in the wholly-controlled-and-coopted Political, Academic, Scientific and Media establishments wants to lie about, well, basically anything. And because one of those variants is “surprised.

That’s why another story below is headlined “Hasbro reports surprise sales drop in fourth quarter .”

And, I take it back, they are lying baldfacedly, in that they’re describing huge drops in earnings in back-to-back years – with this year’s drop 60% steeper than the last – as “riding the smart watch wave”, by a company that’s “turning around”. An an annual sales increase of 1% is said to be causing the company’s  shares to “soar“.

It’s bizarre, and psychotic, but these are, unfortunately, the sorts of people we are dealing with.

You wouldn’t know that percentage unless I’d done the math, as the article only printed the numbers, and carefully hedged by withholding the specific percentage of the titanic drop.

(Me, as President of Fossil) “I turned the company around with steeply dropping earnings this year and last, and the drastic decreases in earnings we’re seeing are just the sort of signpost of a turnaround I was looking for!

But saying crazy shit in a controlled press organ really doesn’t change the fact of the matter. And they’ve put aside the basic truth that “you can’t shine shit”, not even by calling it, with a straight face, “delicious non-shit.”

I think that the stories I’ve assembled below clearly show that we’ve passed Peak Technology, and that we’ve also passed Peak Consumption. The whole stupid reality we’ve been assured is The Way Life Should Be is fading, sputtering, blowing away.

Globally, tablets sales fell 18% last year, and “Smart” phones fell 9%.

That’s because the populace is realizing, en masse, that the somewhat-aesthetically-attractive machines are rapidly destroying the mental and physical health of those using them, as well as that of any non-users who happen to be sitting nearby inside a circular Wi-Fi field, or I should say those doing so without a protective hunk of Orgonite on their person.

Remember, when the school of fish, the flock of birds turns, they do so apparently as one.

And the hardest part of solving a problem is realizing that you have one.

Which is why I’m calling it – this is the year that humanity breaks through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 8, 2017 – Fossil shares sink after company loss and watch sales drop again

For its wearable technology, Fossil works with Google’s Android platform, but the Apple Watch has by far dominated the market. The company said sales could decline as much as 8.5 percent this year.

 

August 24, 2017 – Gartner Says Worldwide Wearable Device Sales to Grow 17 Percent

 

December 8, 2017 – Sanofi Reports 2 Percent Sales Drop In 4Q On U.S. Diabetes Drug

 

December 25, 2017 – The coming year looks even more dismal for wearables. Now eMarketer predicts use will grow by only 11.9% in 2018 — with that growth rate slowing to single digits in 2019 and beyond.

 

February 7, 2018 – Smartwatch use continues to decline, eMarketer says – Business Insider

 

2018 – 2018 Started With Big Retail Sales Drop – PYMNTS.com

Retail sales in the U.S. recorded their largest drop in almost a year, as households seem to be tightening their belts when it comes to major purchases like new cars and building materials

 

January 2, 2018 – U.S. And tablets are toast: sales dropped by 18% last year.

 

January 4, 2018 – Oyo loss drops by a third, sales jump – The Economic Times

The Gurgaon-headquartered company, which counts Japanese telecom, internet and technology investor SoftBank as one of its key backers, reported a loss from continuing operations of Rs 330.97 crore, a drop of more than 33% for fiscal 2017

 

January 5, 2018 – Global smartphone market drops 9% in biggest ever fall | Technology …

 

January 5, 2018 – UK car sales drop in 2017 for first time in 6 years | The Seattle Times

 

January 18, 2018 – Sales drop in the first half of January, plunging Toronto into a buyers …

Well, the verdict is in — a new report has found a huge sales drop in the first few weeks of the new year. Data from real estate website Zoocasa has found a 21 per cent year-over-year drop in condo sales in the first two weeks of 2018. Detached house sales fell by 20 per cent, while semi-detached homes

 

January 22, 2018 – US Stocks Swoon, Sending Dow Down More Than 650 Points …

U.S. stocks slumped Friday, and the market suffered its worst week in two years, as fears of inflation and disappointing quarterly results from technology and energy giants spooked investors.

 

January 30, 2018 – Grammys 2018 Boost Sales 328% Despite TV Ratings Drop – hypebot

TV viewership of the The 2018 Grammy Awards was down 24%, but the show still spurred immediate sales gains for the songs performed on Sunday’s broadcast. Those songs earned a collective 328% gain in download sales in the U.S. on the day of the show, according to

 

January 30, 2018 – Harley-Davidson sales decline continues – MarketWatch

Harley-Davidson said its global retail motorcycle sales fell 6.7% in 2017, compared with the prior year, with U.S. sales down 8.5% and international sales declining 3.9%

 

February 2, 2018 – Cheap replacement batteries expected to hit iPhone sales | Fox News

 

February 5, 2018 – AstraZeneca sales drop but new products on the horizon for 2018

Sales figures for 2017 dropped but the pharmaceutical firm says new products in 2018 will give rise to income figures again. A 2% fall was recorded in 2017 to $22.46 billion (£15.70 billion). Product sales dropped 5% to $20.15 billion (£ 14.17 billion).

(The larger percentage drop is “buried” below a smaller one, a violation of Associated Press style standards and an obvious example of spin. – ed)

 

February 6, 2018 – Apple continues to dominate the tablet market as sales decline once again

Bitcoin and crypto aren’t the only things on the decline, sales of tablet devices once again dropped in 2017, according to new data.

Figures from analyst firm IDC show that overall tablet shipments fell by 6.5 percent to 163.5 million units last year. That’s down from 174.9 million in 2016, when the annual decrease was in double digits.

 

February 6, 2018 – Smartphone sales are slowing and here are two key reasons why

 

February 7, 2018 – Sanofi Reports 2 Percent Sales Drop In 4Q On U.S. Diabetes Drug

 

February 7, 2018 – Hasbro reports surprise sales drop in fourth quarter – The Denver Post

 

February 13, 2018 – Fossil’s big bet on smartwatches is helping turn the company around

It’s riding the smart watch wave

The company announced its Q4 earnings, and while the company lost $79.9 million in the quarter, worse than the $49.7 million loss from the same quarter a year ago, sales actually rose 1.1% year-over-year. That sounds small, but Fossil itself expected a sales drop of 1.5 to 6% – and it’s thanks to wearable tech sales.

 

February 23, 2018 – Global smartphone sales saw their first year-on-year fall in history, and analysts are blaming a number of new user habits for the decline.

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