Smartphone/Mobile phone industry: 

U.S. smartphones users has gone from 62.6M in 2010 to 163.9M in 2014 and projected to increase to 220M by 2018! 

In 2010 only 26.9% of the country used smartphones. By 2014 that % grew to 63.8%today a staggering 70.1% of US population use smartphones. This number is projected to increase to 79.7% by 2018

BizBuySell Insight Reports

Small Business Transactions Up 6 Percent Over Same Time Last Year, Median Cash Flow of Sold Businesses Reaches Record High's First Quarter 2015 Insight Report shows strong transaction activity and robust business financials as the service and retail industries continue to drive market growth.

San Francisco, CA - the Internet's largest business-for-sale marketplace, reported today that small business transactions continued at a strong pace in the first quarter of 2015, growing 6 percent from the first quarter of 2014. A total of 1,830 small businesses were reported sold in Q1, continuing a two-year trend of exceptionally robust activity in the business-for-sale market. The full results are included in's Q1 2015 Insight Report, which aggregates statistics from business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers nationwide.

Strong Revenue and Cash Flow Indicate Improving Small Business Environment in 2015

Transaction activity has been consistently strong since the beginning of 2013, but the financial performance of small businesses has been particularly robust in recent months. The median revenue of small businesses sold on spiked in mid-2014 and has remained strong since, hovering just below $450,000. At the same time, median cash flow has reached all-time highs in each of the last two quarters, peaking at $104,000 in Q1 2015.

Likewise, sales price multiples for both median revenue and median cash flow are trending upwards. The median revenue multiple for sold businesses in early 2015 was 0.63, up from 0.59 at the same time last year. The median cash flow multiple also grew slightly from 2.21 in Q1 2014 to 2.27 in Q1 2015. These increases point to a more balanced market, where both buyers and sellers receive value from transactions. The current, balanced market is expected to continue to drive interested buyers and sellers to the table throughout the remainder of 2015.

Service and Retail Businesses Drive Growth of Transactions, Financial Performance

Businesses in the service industry appear to have fueled transaction growth in Q1. The 711 service industry transactions recorded in Q1 2015 represent an 18 percent increase over Q1 2014. Broken down geographically, small businesses in the service sector were most popular in the Midwest region, where total transactions grew 63 percent from Q1 2014. Service industry sales were also up 35 percent in the Mountain region and 17 percent in the South.

Small businesses that specialize in retail sales saw the biggest gains in financial performance in early 2015. The median revenue of a retail business sold in Q1 of 2015 was $537,500, up from $437,783 in Q1 2014. Median cash flow for businesses in the retail sector grew from $89,907 to $99,355. Improved performance indicators also gave retail owners confidence to ask for and receive more for their businesses. The median asking price for retail businesses grew from $199,000 in the first quarter of 2014 to $220,000 in the first quarter of 2015, resulting in a significant increase in the median sale price, from $155,000 to $197,250.

Infographic: iPhone 6 Helps Apple Reclaim the Smartphone Throne | Statista
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Apple's decision to equip its new iPhone models with larger screens has not only helped them to report the most profitable quarter of any company ever, it has also helped them reclaim the smartphone throne for the first time since 2012. The Cupertino-based company sold 74.8 million iPhones during the 2014 holiday quarter, just edging out Samsung which saw its sales decline to 73 million units. Meanwhile Chinese smartphone vendors continued to strengthen their position, with Lenovo, Huawei and Xiaomi all making it into the Top 5. Especially Xiaomi has made big strides in 2014. According to Gartner, the company more than tripled its fourth quarter sales compared to 2013.

Infographic: Landline Phones Are a Dying Breed | Statista
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Smartphone/Mobile phone industry:

As smartphones have become constant companions for most people in the United States, landline phones are rapidly losing relevance. Ten years ago, 9 in 10 households used to have an operational landline phone - now it’s just every second household. That’s according to data provided by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, which has been tracking phone ownership in the U.S. as a by-product of its biannual National Health Interview Survey since 2004.

If the trend continues at the current pace, and there’s little reason to believe it won’t, the majority of U.S. households could be without a landline phone as early as this year. And a few years from now, landline phones will likely have become an endangered species, much like the VCR and other technological relics. What may buy them some time on the road to total extinction, is the fact that people will continue to use them at work, if only for lack of a better alternative.

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The Most Popular Businesses Being Bought in the U.S. – And How Much They Cost

Most popular businesses changing hands are restaurants and food serving businesses, followed by convenience stores, liquor stores and supermarkets. The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana Metro led the pack with the highest number of transactions, followed by the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island Metro and then Miami-Fort Lauderdale Metro.

The Most Popular Businesses Being Bought in the U.S. – And How Much They Cost

Posted on February 25, 2015 by bizbuysellblog in Business Trends, Buying a Business, Selling a Business // 0 Comments

Each quarter, BizBuySell, the Internet’s largest business-for-sale marketplace, analyzes sales and listing prices of small businesses across the United States. Business transactions reached record levels in 2014, the highest number of businesses changing hands since BizBuySell started tracking data in 2007. The full results are included in BizBuySell’s 2014 Insight Report, which aggregates statistics from business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers nationwide.

The increase in volume of small business transactions over the past year can be attributed to a number of factors. BizBuySell’s December survey of business brokers attributed this growth to an increase in the number of qualified buyers as the top driver of growth. Moreover, 78 percent of business brokers surveyed attributed at least 25 percent of their closed transactions to retiring Baby Boomers.