iSuppli: Surface Dogged by Low Sales, High Returns

The market researchers at IHS iSuppli say that Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT tablet got off to a bad start in late 2012, selling well under one million units. But more troubling for the budding devices and services firm is news that Surface returns were "very high."

Officials from iSuppli told CNET this week that Microsoft delivered 1.25 million Surface with Windows RT tablets into the channel in Q4 2012 following the product's late October launch. But actual sales of the device were "significantly lower," the firm claims: About 55-60 percent of number. If true, Microsoft sold, at most, 750,000 Surface RT tablets.

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