Alkaline batteries are showing tepid growth, and experts expect sales to plunge as much as 3% as fierce competition among manufacturers continues to pressure pricing. More devices are using built-in rechargeable battery systems — another trend hurting primary battery sales.
Experts said there is opportunity. Jason Gere, an analyst for RBC Capital Markets, sees long-term growth in rechargeables. “Coin cells are another growth segment, thanks to new opportunities in health/ fitness consumer electronics and active-shutter 3-D glasses,” said Tim Doyle, a Consumer Electronics Association spokesman.
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