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Major UK chain reports tablet sales up 1000%

Currys/PC World has announced an increase in tablet sales by 1000% since one year ago, with one device selling every second on Cyber Monday.

2012 has been the year of the tablet computer. Although the first-generation iPad was released back in 2010 it has been 2012 that has really seen the tablet market explode with consumers now having a huge choice in devices. The large British electrical goods chain Currys/PC World has reported an increase of tablet computer sales by 1000% from this time last year. The company also stated that it had sold the equivalent of one tablet every second on what has been dubbed "Cyber Monday" which in the UK fell on December 10, 2012.

The company, which is part of the huge public corporation Dixons Retail, has launched a website to give customers an idea of what the most desired gadgets for Christmas currently are. The Twitter-reliant chart is headed by Apple's iPad range at the moment, with the Sony Vaio Duo Convertible Ultrabook in 4th place and the Sony T Series Ultrabook in 5th. Other tablets in the top 10 include the Google Nexus range in 8th position and the Amazon Kindle family one spot behind in 9th.

This increase in tablet popularity will be good news for Microsoft who confirmed that John Lewis stores in the UK will be selling the Surface RT from December 14, 2012 onwards. Prices start from £479 (~$774) for the 32 GB version and £559 (~$903) for the 64 GB model.


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Daniel R Deakin, 2012-12-14 (Update: 2012-12-15)