Toronto – Research in Motion (RIM) (NASD: RIMM) sold an estimated 50,000
BlackBerry PlayBook tablets on Tuesday, their first day on sale, according to
analyst firm RBC Capital Markets, Economic Times reported.

Some 11% of retail
stores reportedly said they sold all of their PlayBook inventory on launch day.

"While the launch of the Playbook is not attracting overnight crowds,
pre-order sales and in-store demand in major cities has been solid; however,
AT&T’s prohibition of free tethering is an unexpected negative." analyst
Peter Misek of Jeffries & Co. wrote in a research note.

The 50,000 sales
figure for the PlayBook contrasts with Apple’s launch day sales of around
300,000 for the iPad last year.


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(Economic Times)