SINGAPORE -- Basic band shipments, mostly fitness bands, fell 7% year-over-year to just over 9 million in the first quarter, the category’s first ever decline. 

Read more: Band Shipments Show First-Ever Decline

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Worldwide tablet shipments contracted 8.5% year-over-year in the first quarter, according to preliminary data from IDC.

Read more: Tablet Shipments Down (Again)

CUPERTINO, CA – Apple set up a $1 billion fund directed toward bringing advanced manufacturing jobs to the US, said Apple CEO Tim Cook, according to published reports.

Read more: Apple Sets Up $1B Fund for US Manufacturing Jobs

BANNOCKBURN, IL — Total North American PCB orders in March decreased 6.7% year-over-year, pushing year-to-date orders down to 1.7% below the same period last year, says IPC. Orders were up 12.8% sequentially.

Read more: N. American March PCB Orders Down 6.7%

WASHINGTON — Worldwide sales of semiconductors rose 18.1% year-over-year in March, reaching $30.9 billion.

Read more: March Global Semiconductor Sales Up 18.1% YoY

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Phone companies shipped a total of 347.4 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter, according to preliminary results from IDC.

Read more: Q1 Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Up 4.3%

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