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Samsung Takes 47% of the $400+ Premium Smartphone Market, Displacing Apple for the First Time

Hong Kong and London, UK (PRWEB) June 16, 2013

Counterpoint Technology Market Research (Counterpoint Research hereafter), the go to source of smartphone market data, has released its monthly global smartphone data for May 2013.

Smartphones are now 57% of the market in May 2013. During the first quarter the shares of major brands shrunk or were at stalemate while local tier 2 brands grew. Counterpoints data shows the trend being reversed since the beginning of Q2 as Samsung, Nokia, LG, HTC and Huawei grow again. Apples share dropped to 16% in April but sales rose slightly during May stopping the downward trend. Apple is showing weakness in Q2 nonetheless.

Samsungs global smartphone market share jumped to 38% during April and May. Its share in the US surpassed that of Apple as it leaped to first place in all major regions since April. Of major countries Samsung was number one except for Japan. The main cause of rise in market share was the combined sales of the new Galaxy S4 and previous Galaxy S III and Note II. End of life cycle Galaxy S III sales were still strong and the Note II was also priced aggressively in many regions including China bolstering market share even further.

Commenting on the results, Counterpoint Research Director, Peter Richardson stated, The 2 year race between Apple and Samsung might finally come to an end this year as Samsung shows signs of becoming almost as dominant as Nokia once was in the smartphone market.

The sales of the new Galaxy S4 were strong and helped Samsung take the No. 1 position in the smartphone market above the $ 400 price point, the so called premium market. Samsung took 47% market share in this category surpassing long time premium phone leader Apple. Apples market share was 38% in the category.

The only challenge is that the premium market may cease to grow further. 30% of the smartphone market was already populated by phones above the $ 400 price point which is slightly lower than the Jan-Mar period showing static demand for premium in many Developed Markets now. Peter Richardson explained the bulk of the smartphone is coming from the price band of $ 250 and below, it is challenging for players in the premium price band as its becoming a cutthroat battle over limited operator subsidy support.

The numbers in this press release only account for the official and legitimate channels.


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PIRA Energy Group’s Weekly Natural Gas, Power and Coal Market Recap for The Week Ending May 26th, 2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 30, 2013

NYC-based PIRA Energy Group believes that the call on LNG supply will begin to rise in the months ahead. In the U.S., October gas storage levels should have headroom to the low and high end. In Europe, a continued string of colder-than-normal weather does not appear to be disappearing and has an influence on gas price. Specifically, PIRAs analysis of natural gas market fundamentals has revealed the following:

*Call on Spot LNG Rises, but to Levels Below Last Year

The call on LNG supply will begin to rise in the months ahead. Japan will be buying for its seasonal peak in summer, while other countries will add more moderate weather-related gains as well. PIRA sees LNG balances looser in the third quarter than one year ago, amid signs of weakening spot demand in an Asian market increasingly intent on the signing up of more contracted gas.

*October Storage Level Should Have Headroom to Low and High End

PIRAs Henry Hub price deck ahead of the 2013-14 heating season leads to an end-October storage level with sizable headroom to both the low and high end of PIRAs safety zone. On the surface, stronger gas prices than those reflected by PIRAs Reference Case that lead to less gas for electricity generation and thus higher pre-winter storage, ceteris paribus, would appear the more likely alternative outcome. Yet, the contango conundrum remains a formidable obstacle as summer-winter price spreads are too narrow to incentivize faster storage refills.

*No End to HDD Influence on Price

A continued string of colder-than-normal weather does not appear to be disappearing from the European horizon. If anything, PIRAs 10-day outlook shows it intensifying. Given it is almost June, the impact of this string of weather-related increases in demand, now dating back over 15 months, cannot allow PIRA to assume normal weather in the months ahead until there actually is some normal weather. Throw in the intensified Norwegian maintenance, a lack of urgency by Russia to sell more gas, and a continuation of LNG cargo reloadings out of Europe for other markets and the price support is justified.

NYC-based PIRA Energy Group reports that a discussion on a hypothetical carbon floor is under way in Germany. In the U.S., coal stocks were little changed overall during the month of May. Specifically, PIRAs analysis of electricity and coal market fundamentals has revealed the following:

*Discussion on German Carbon Floor Intensifies

Discussion on a hypothetical carbon floor is under way in Germany. While there is strong opposition, higher carbon compliance costs are a necessity for the German energy transition. In fact, Germany has more limited (and expensive) options relative to other countries to achieve its long-term de-carbonization targets. With coal and lignite units at the margin, a carbon floor would underpin German longer-term power prices

*U.S. Coal Stocks Little Changed

U.S. coal stocks were little changed overall during the month of May as mild weather conditions, rising Illinois Basin (ILB) and Powder River Basin (PRB) production, and easing export volumes offset the impacts of stronger year-on-year natural gas (NG) prices and falling Appalachian production levels. PIRA expects coal inventories will continue to decline relative to last year over the balance of this year, though weather and natural gas price risks will influence the degree of decline.

*Nigeria Loses Gas Supply Again

For the third time in six months, Shell has declared force majeure on its volumes to the Nigeria LNG liquefaction plant, the worlds fourth largest producer. As the largest supplier of Atlantic Basin spot cargos to Asia over the past three years, the impact of what happens in Nigeria is more global than one might think. That said, the previous disruptions went largely unnoticed in Asia, as European contract holders balanced the market by taking greater pipeline supplies from other sources while releasing the Nigerian volumes, in many cases at a sizable price premium.

The information above is part of PIRA Energy Group’s weekly Energy Market Recap, which alerts readers to PIRAs current analysis of energy markets around the world as well as the key economic and political factors driving those markets.

Click here for additional information on PIRAs global energy commodity market research services.

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New York, NY 10016



Iconic Asbury Park Boardwalk Reopens for Memorial Day Weekend

Asbury Park, NJ (PRWEB) May 25, 2013

After being fenced off for over half a year, the ribbon was cut to officially open Asbury Park boardwalk this past Saturday. Asbury Park is among the many shore towns that has worked to get in shape for Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer and tourist season.

As one of New Jerseys most famous beaches, the reopening of Asbury Park symbolizes to many New Jersey residents that the Jersey Shore is back after falling on some hard times. It has many iconic landmarks such as the Asbury Park Convention Hall, the Stone Pony which remains New Jerseys most famous rock venue, the mural of Tillie, and of course its historic boardwalk.

As people are planning their vacations and trips to the shore, BBQ season is also beginning. Modern Propane is a Northern New Jersey BBQ accessory store that sells propane and propane accessories. This includes a wide variety of both propane and charcoal BBQ grills for sale, trade-ins or rentals. They are gearing up for grilling season and are changing over for summer hours, staying open until 8pm every day including Sundays and holidays.

If youre getting ready for the summer, Modern Propane has the cheapest prices, says company owner Frank Karlsson. By filling a 20 lb propane tank here, it will be cheaper than Home Depot or Lowe’s and you get an extra 5 lbs.

Their store offers many grilling accessories necessary for any summer grilling. They stock cooking and equipment utensils, as well as repair parts, charcoal and wood chips. They have a great selection of rubs and sauces to accompany any BBQ.

As their name suggests, Modern Propane specializes in propane. They have 50, 60 and 100 lb propane tanks available at their store and for delivery throughout the Tri-State Area. They do everything that they can to ensure that you are prepared for any summer BBQs.

Carmichael Plumbers at Domco Plumbing Announce Service Coupons and Discounts for Repair This Summer

Carmichael, CA (PRWEB) May 18, 2013

Carmichael plumbers at Domco Plumbing are now offering service discounts to save consumers money this summer. In addition to providing service discounts Domco Plumbing is also offering a $ 25 off coupon which can be used for any service over $ 200 including drain cleaning. They are also providing up front pricing to make it easy for consumers to know what they are getting into before agreeing to Carmichael plumbing repair. We are offering this service discount for 10% off so everybody can afford the best service provider, says Dominic of Domco Plumbing. They can have an experienced Carmichael plumber on site within an hour in most cases according to Dominic. If the drain is backed up or the hot water isnt working the need for a fast Carmichael plumber is immediate. Our goal is to make all of our customers 100% happy.

Plumbers in Carmichael at Domco Plumbing are also offering other coupons in addition to the 10% off Carmichael plumbing service discount. They are offering drain cleaning for 10% off when a proper clean out is present. Domco Plumbing is also offering a new water heater installation special where they will install a new electric water heater for $ 50 off. A quick search for Carmichael plumber reviews on Google reveals that many people feel gouged by the plumber they hire. We strive for 100% complete customer satisfaction because 90% of our customers are repeat customers. We know if we treat people right they will come back to us for their entire plumbing repair needs, says Dominic.

Domco Plumbing also offers specialized services such as trenchless sewer repair and hydro-jetting, these technologies are used to fix and replacement main sewer laterals. Most small plumbers in Roseville dont have the specialized equipment we have to do the jobs we do. We invest in the best equipment so we can get the job done quickly, which saves our customers money, says Dominic. A lot of the calls Domco Plumbing gets are from people who have quoted a job by another plumber, but they want a second opinion. We are happy to provide people with competitive quotes for plumbing service. We provide free second opinions.

One of the most popular Sacramento plumbing service discounts currently being offered by Domco Plumbing is their $ 99 drain cleaning coupon. Every time we offer drain cleaning for $ 99 we get a huge response. A lot of the calls we get are from people who called a plumber out for service and the price much higher than advertised, says Dominic.

Domco Plumbing is also currently offering a coupon for $ 200 off of a new tankless water heater. The coupon is applicable to removal of the old water, installation of the new water heater and any associated water or gas lines. When the hot water isnt working people usually want to get it fixed as quickly as possible but they dont want to get gouged. We send an experienced technician on site. Our goal is to see if we can fix the water before just replacing it. If a new water heater is needed or the customer wants to upgrade to a tankless hot water heater we provide a free estimate for the installation, says Dominic.

To learn more about the Sacramento plumbers at Domco Plumbing visit their website, watch their videos, read their press releases or read their many positive online plumber reviews on respected consumer review sites like Google, Yahoo, Yelp and Angies List for Carmichael.

Domco Plumbing Inc

Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 972-1006

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