Economic Mood Darkens: iPhone Sales Plunge & Consumer Confidence Falls (Again)
There are clear indications that the economic mood of the country is getting darker. Here are the latest examples…
Apple iPhone sales are never supposed to go down. For nearly two decades, Apple has been an unbeatable economic miracle, but now it appears that times have changed. Global sales for the iPhone were disastrous during the holiday quarter, and this is yet another indication that the global economic slowdown is accelerating. Here in the United States, auto sales have been abysmal, retail bankruptcies have been surging and home sales have been seriously declining, but the big tech giants were supposed to be an economic bright spot that we could always rely on. Perhaps that is why so many investors were shocked when Apple announced their most recent quarterly results on Tuesday…
Apple is openly admitting that this is not just going to be a one quarter anomaly.
The company is telling us that sales are going to continue to fall in the months ahead, and that is very alarming news.
In fact, we haven’t seen Apple sales fall on a year over year basis since the year 2000…
Speaking of Tom Brady, what he has accomplished is nothing short of remarkable. This will be his ninth Super Bowl as quarterback with the Patriots, and that is a record that will never, ever be broken.
But we have to go all the way back before his first Super Bowl to find a time when Apple sales declined, and that just shows how dominant Apple has been over the years.
I have to admit that I have an iPhone myself, and I really like it. I know that some people have complaints, but over the years Apple has made good products and it is easy to understand why they have been so successful.
Unfortunately, the economic winds are shifting.
One of the big factors that is hurting Apple is our trade war with China, and Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly in “regular contact” with President Trump about this…
Hopefully there will be a positive resolution to this trade conflict in the near future, but at this moment that is looking doubtful. And now that the U.S. has formally requested the extradition of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, the chances of a comprehensive trade agreement have deteriorated considerably.
Apple has been successful for a very long time, but the tech industry is constantly evolving, and consumer behavior is shifting at an extremely rapid pace. For example, one recent survey indicated that almost 60 percent of all Americans have already canceled cable television…
The entire cable television industry is living on borrowed time, and they are going to have to adapt to the new paradigm that is emerging if they are going to survive.
In the headline of this article, I also noted that consumer confidence has just fallen again. In fact, Breitbart is calling it “the third consecutive steep monthly decline”…
This is a clear indication that the economic mood in this country is getting darker.
But the good news is that things have calmed down on Wall Street. After the worst December since the Great Depression, the stock market has bounced back a bit in recent weeks.
So the truth is that 2019 is off to a better start than many had anticipated. That may not last for very long, but at least for the moment investors have a reason to smile.
And we should all be hoping for stability for the financial markets for as long as possible. Because once this bubble finally bursts, it is going to be virtually impossible to put the pieces back together once again.
Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The Endand Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News. From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the nation. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.
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