Strategy Analytics has published its estimates for the global tablet market in the third quarter of 2012, reporting that shipments were up 43% year-on-year to 24.7m units – growth that the analyst company describes as “sluggish”. Director Peter King elaborates: “Demand for tablets slowed due to ongoing economic uncertainty and consumers holding off purchases in anticipation of multiple new models, like the iPad Mini, during the upcoming Q4 holiday season.” Apple’s iPad accounted for 56.7% of shipments with 14m units, ahead of Android’s 41.3% share (which means 10.2m units). Note, this is shipments rather than sales on both counts.

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