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Electronics and Communications Market Overview

electronics and communicationsEveryone loves a gadget: whether it’s the latest iPhone, an iPad, laptop, games console or simply anything shiny with buttons on it that does something cool, we must have it, it seems. It’s this appetite for the latest electronic gizmos that makes that UK the largest European market for consumer electronic products, boasting 18,000 companies and an annual contribution of £16 billion to the country’s economy.
We’ve devoted a special category here to what has been the biggest-selling gadget in history: the ubiquitous iPad. When it first went on the market in 2010, 18 million were sold; Apple CEO Tim Cook announced in October this year that to date, over a relatively brief lifespan, the iPad has sold over 225 million units.
This is a phenomenal figure, but it belies the fact that sales have been steadily dropping quarter on quarter and are down 13 percent from last year. Many market analysts put this down to the fact that iPhones are increasingly able to match the iPad for functionality as well as offering texting and calling: retailers of Apple goods such as iPads and iPhones would do well to be aware of such consumer trends when buying their stock.
As well as phones, iPads and computers – and their spare parts, cases, cables chargers, speakers etc –through The Wholesaler UK retailers can find suppliers of wholesale electronic consumables as well as rather more bizarre wholesale gadgets perfect for Christmas stocking gifts or just larking around. Just go to our special ‘Gadgets’ subcategory for everything from dancing cats to melting clocks. Yes, that’s right: melting clocks….

Important UK Dates (2018)

Valentines Day - Wednesday 14th Feb
Easter - Fri 30th Mar to Mon 2nd Apr
Mothers Day - Sunday 11th Mar
Fathers Day - Sunday 17th June
Christmas Day - Tuesday 25th Dec

Trade Shows

  • Spring Fair NEC Birmingham
  • Top Drawer
  • Harrogate Home and Gift
  • Autumn Fair NEC Birmingham

Trade Associations



  • Wired Magazine


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