The Tablet Business in Guatemala

During the first half of 2012, 40,000 tablets were sold, 52% more than in the same period in 2011.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

This record growth contrasts with the increase of only 5% in sales of computers, laptops and netbooks.

The president of the Union of IT Businesses, Barreondo Manuel said that maintaining this growth rate, they will end the year with a total of 80,000 tablets sold.

"In the local market there are at least eight competing brands, including: the iPad from Apple, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and others from Asia including Titan, Coby and Epro as well as the CybertechPAD by Surtidora de Alta Tecnología (SAT.

Berreondo points out that the high sales lie in the prices being offered, ranging from Q9 thousand ($1,145) for an iPad to Q900 ($115) for a CybertechPAD", reports

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Guatemala: Computer Sales Up 6%

February 2010

In 2009, sales of computers increased 6% when compared to 2008.

For 2010, industry spokespersons forecast sales to grow between 8 and 10%.

From “There are 1.5 million computers in the country. 900,000 were assembled in the country, while the remaining 600,000 are branded computers, and where assembled outside Guatemala”.

Commercial Success of Guatemalan Tablet

June 2012

In Guatemala, the national company Cybertech sells 2,500 tablets a month, exporting them to El Salvador and Honduras, where they report to lead sales.

The Surtidora de Alta Tecnología (SAT) is the creator of the first Guatemalan tablet, the CybeTech CT Pad 8003, which is assembled in China, and which has established itself as a favorite in the local market for its price and quality, reported

Consumption Up in Western Guatemala

February 2011

The establishment of shopping centers and big chain restaurants marks the increase of purchasing power of consumers.

The southwestern region of the country accounts for 21% of national consumption, the highest proportion after the metropolitan area which represents 27%. The central area of the country concentrates only 12%.

Guatemalans Buy 63% More Online

August 2012

Total online purchases made by Guatemalans during 2011 exceeded by 63% those of 2009.

The information comes from the latest survey by Visa, which includes purchases made by all companies with all credit cards, not only with VISA.

This year the projections are that Guatemalans will buy about $242 million worth of goods online, which would mean an increase of 30%.

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